Thursday, April 2, 2020

Power stoner debut HYDE S/T

Stoner metal debut HYDE S/T
Stoner metal debut HYDE S/T 
Fuzzy can't get too much stoner metal out of France. Moozoonsii, Nydeaf, Pusherkid .... the tough guitars and the rough riffs. So when HYDE sent me their debut self-titled album, I was all over it. And does this ever deliver the goods. Not only with angry music that fits these awful times so well, but there's also the angst-full vocals and killer samples. (FYI, Fuzzy loves samples.) Everything about the debut effort screams in your face that HYDE is a band to be reckoned with. Dig this great album:


I gotta point out that there are enough musical ideas packed into this full album to fill out 2 or 3 albums for a lesser band. I don't mean just the variety of the riffs between the songs, but within each song there is a lot going on. Listen to "Tsunami" a few times and unpack how much is going with this song. Just really great!


Hyde describes their sound as "power stoner" and I agree with that.

There's a fantastic balance to the instruments as well. The bass stands on its own without taking over, the drums provide tons of variety without getting splashy, and the guitar sails crips and clear over them both. A great production.

Ahhhh and the samples.... "D W A G B" is my idea of a perfect song. Chugging heavy riff underneath a classic sample. (Walter's eulogy from the end of "The Big Lebowski.") "Hunter's Run" comes in a close second with its own killer sample (from "True Detective"). Hyde really digs some cool shit.

The mini review from Mrs. Cracklins:
"Well-produced but not over-produced." 
Hyde delivers a great lyric video for The Barber Of Pitlochry on YouTube:


HYDE band is from Paris with the members:
  • Mister J: Bass / Vocals
  • Mister P: Drums
  • Mister S: Guitar
From the band (via Google Translate):
HYDE produces heavy and powerful rock with stoner accents, influenced by the Swedish doom / sludge scene and North American stoner-rock. This mixture of influences gives Hyde a particular style which they qualify as Power Stoner.


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CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Monday, March 23, 2020

Doom sludge debut SORCIA delivers a PNW pounding

SORCIA debut album
SORCIA debut album
Greetings from The Swamp. Fuzzy hopes this review finds you safe and practicing social isolation. Each of us has to protect those around us.

The PNW strikes yet again with its special blend of heavy psych music. This time it's the debut album from Seattle's SORCIA. This trio puts the "heavy" into their music with generous head-crushing dollops of sludge, grunge, stoner, and metal. Oh, let's not pass over the tons of doom and blues. Too many tags? Not when it's this good. On top of all the bone-crunching heaviness, the vocals on this beast are as mind-boggling as they are soul-destroying. We've got not only a variation of styles by the main vocalist (and guitarist) Neal De Atley with some sludge, some clean, and some blues. But we've also got the blending with bassist Jessica Brasch who mixes in her soulful and haunting singing. Check out SORCIA s/t:


When an album delivers this much great tunage, it's not cool to pick out some favorites, but let me just say that the vocals on "Coffin Nails" are so satisfying that it's hard not to hit that single-repeat button. But let this ripping album finish to the end where more delights await your hungry soul.
"I know what Hell is and I won't be a slave .... When you know the truth, you know the lies."
The Mrs. Cracklins' mini review: "I bet this band delivers a great live show." Indeed. And hopefully Sorcia will be able to hit the road again sooner than later.


Sorcia band is from Seattle with the members:
  • Neal De Atley: Guitar/Vocals
  • Jessica Brasch: Bass/Vocals
  • Bryson Marcey: Drums
From the band:
SORCIA hails from the Snoqualmie Valley in the Eastern outskirts of Seattle, Washington. After solidifying their lineup in 2018, SORCIA hit the ground running, releasing a two-song demo in January 2019. 
Combining blues-laden groovy riffs into the raw heaviness of doom metal with the added dynamic of dual vocals, they deliver their own method of Pacific Northwest heavy stoner sludge metal. Since release of their demo, SORCIA has been performing live shows nearly non-stop around the PNW, with an increased abundance as we fully dive into 2020.
Check out the digital and CD & shirts from Sorcia on Bandcamp, and remember now is the time to support the bands you love as much as you are able to:



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ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Doom blues LUNAR SWAMP "UnderMudBlues" debut crushes it

Doom metal LUNAR SWAMP "UnderMudBlues" debut crushes it
LUNAR SWAMP "UnderMudBlues" EP
If you think Fuzzy is going to dig the debut EP from a doom blues band named LUNAR SWAMP with deep roots in the Italian doom scene, then you would be absolutely correct. Lunar Swamp has dropped half an hour of fuzzy riffage with vocals that could only come from the darkest, dankest depths of The Swamp. These five songs will leave your ears dripping with swamp moss and reaching for your jug of Bayou rum, and paddling your boat across the fetid waters to your next crawdad boil. Have a listen to UnderMudBlues from Italy's Lunar Swamp:


The fuzzy riffs, the clean guitar solos, the effects ... all of these combine to make an excellent heavy blues EP. But what puts it over the top are the vocals. The slow, bluesy delivery combined with the dark gloominess just kills it.

Play this album on repeat. One listen is not going to be enough.

Looking for an album to spin at your next swamp party? UnderMudBlues is it.

Worried there's not enough Southern blues on here? Check out the harmonica and jaw harp. And the atmospheric effects.

Fuzzy's Favorite track on UnderMudBlues is "Green Swamp" not only for the cool title but because it captures the band's heavy blues with the best of its haunting vocals. Check out the video for Green Swamp on YouTube:



The Mrs. Cracklins' mini-review:
  • Haunting vocals
  • Soulful rock with harmonica
  • Powerful bass
  • Excellent soundtrack for Happy Hour
Lunar Swamp has its roots in BRETUS, an Italian doom outfit dating back to 2000. Be sure to check them out, here's my review, you will dig their music if you are digging Lunar Swamp.


Lunar Swamp hails from Italy's Catanzaro Stone Mountain with the members:
  • Mark Wolf: Vox, Harmonica, Fx
  • Machen: High and Low Guitars
  • S.M. Ghoul: Drums


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ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Friday, March 20, 2020

Goth rock STONEHAG new album "Nocturnal Affairs"

STONEHAG new album "Nocturnal Affairs"
STONEHAG new album "Nocturnal Affairs"
Fuzzy hopes this review finds you safe and calm in these dark times. The new album from Portugal's STONEHAG captures the current mood well with his new album, "Nocturnal Affairs" with its dark mood, darker lyrics, and angst-inducing tones carried along with some downright groovy licks. Check out "Nocturnal Affairs" by Stonehag: 


The dark, heavy synth rhythms flow like a river of sludge through a zombie city, and yet the music has a stoner doom element to it which keeps the songs from becoming completely overwhelming. In fact, the title song "Nocturnal Affairs" gets right into a funky club vibe with some great solo guitar work.

This is a full album at 7 tracks and 40 minutes, and the songs flow really well. This is definitely an album to turn on and enjoy its darkness through to the end. "Cigarette Burns" in particular really stands out to me, and deserves to be included in the soundtrack for a good vampire or zombie movie.

Stoner rock fans should check out "Nocturnal Affairs" by Stonehag.

Stonehag band is a solo band featuring G.R. from Portugal. From the band:
'Nocturnal Affairs' marks the return of Portuguese musician G.R. under the moniker 'Stonehag',with a brand new set of original songs for your listening discomfort. Again a departure from the previous albums sound, with a more electronic approach to songwriting yet retaining the same vibe that we all have come to dearly despise. Hope you can find some comfort in the sounds and words of 'Nocturnal Affairs'.  

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ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Prog metal PSYCLOPS drops debut album "Amalgam" on March 20

PSYCLOPS pre-release single Call Off The Haunt
PSYCLOPS pre-release single Call Off The Haunt
More killer music from PDX! This time around we have a new single (with the album dropping on March 20) from the Portland prog / groove metal band PSYCLOPS. The album is "Amalgam" and the pre-release single is "Call Off The Haunt" which you can hear below. The Portland quartet lays down a blend of progressive and groove metal with earnest vocals that get black at times.



I've listened to the full album "Amalgam" with it's 8 songs and 38 minutes of music. If you dig the pre-release single, you will dig Amalgam. It's strong throughout, and if I have to pick a few favorite tracks, I would say "An Arena?! They Have Time for Entertainment?!" and "Icarus Dies" highlight the band's many diverse talents.

"Amalgam" releases on March 20
"Amalgam" earns its name with elements of prog and groove metal, and clean and blackened vocals. It's high-energy all the way through with plenty of great guitar work.

Check out the lyric video for the pre-release single "Call Off The Haunt" on YouTube:



Psyclops is from Portland with the members:
  • Chris Jackson - Vocals, Guitar
  • Brandon Peterson - Bass
  • Guerd Alberts - Guitar
  • Alex Flatt - Drums

From the band:
PSYCLOPS is an eclectic group of rock and metal virtuoso’s armed with a bold, creative vision and a unique sound inspired by a diverse portfolio of artistic influences.
Follow Psyclops on Bandcamp to find out when "Amalgam" drops on March 20.



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ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Psych rock MELLOWBEAST debut trip "Hyperion"

MELLOWBEAST debut trip "Hyperion"
MELLOWBEAST debut trip "Hyperion"
I hope this review finds you & your loved ones & friends safe and calm. At least we still have great music to enjoy. It's well known that Fuzzy loves his psych rock. (Hello, The Lancasters and Trahir.) So imagine my delight as I started listening to the debut album "Hyperion" from Belfast's MELLOWBEAST. This is the absolute essence of what psych rock is to me: fuzzy riffs laced with spaced-out guitars and vocals. And a theme to tie all the songs together into an experience. Kick back, open your mind, and let the dreamy vibes of MellowBeast flow over your mind:


The riffs, the guitar work, the vocals ... every psych rock fan is going to love this album.

Some might consider "Hyperion" to be a concept album, which I agree with, or perhaps it might be closer to the mark to say it's thematic or a collection of poetic songs that swirl around the dreams of a fuzzed-out traveler.

Dare I say this album can hold its own against such classics as The Small Faces' "Nut Gone" or other seminal psych albums of the late 60s? Yes, Fuzzy dares to say that.

The Mrs. Cracklins mini review: "Psychedelic Hypnotic" while she's dancing around the Happy Hour floor.

MellowBeast band is from Belfast, UK and has this to say:
From a small bedroom on the border of Northern Ireland, mystical sounds can be heard echoing throughout this sleepy hill town. Mellow Beast is a solo project conceived by Paul Scott with only one mission in mind. To take it's listeners on a sonic journey to distant lands 

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heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Monday, March 16, 2020

Blues rock LOYDS TRIP debut EP

Blues rock LOYDS TRIP debut EP
Blues rock LOYDS TRIP debut EP 
First things first -- I hope this finds all of you safe along with your family and friends as well. These are crazy times so stay away from people. While you are hunkered down in isolation, you might as well listen to some great music, and the debut EP from the UK's LOYDS TRIP delivers the blues rock goods. Check it out:


Things start off hard and heavy in "Decaf Blues" and they don't let up until the bluesy goodness of this trio of tracks has played out. This album has all the hallmarks of a great blues rock album with slide guitar, heavy bass, and killer vocals.

The middle song "The Trip" is probably Fuzzy's favorite, although let's keep it real -- all of these songs deliver the kind of music that makes it hard not to get up and stomp around the bar.

There is some incredible guitar work going on here, too, especially in "Bridges" and it will leave you wanting Loyds Trip to drop a full album. In the meantime, play this on repeat and let the good times roll as good as you can manage.


LOYDS TRIP band is from Sheffield, UK with members:  



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Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy underground music from The Swamp featuring

ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
OPIUM WARLOCK psychedelic doom legion
KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock