Sunday, November 10, 2019

THE MOTHERCROW blues psych MAGARA from Spain with killer vocals

MAGARA by THE MOTHERCROW
MAGARA by THE MOTHERCROW
Generous slabs of psychedelic blues and rich soulful vocals are on the menu of "Magara" the debut album Barcelona's THE MOTHERCROW. The vocals get even better with a mix of Basque and English lyrics, and the music gets even more psychedelic with keys, flute and sitar.


The Mothercrow deliver a full album of psychedelic blues on "Magara" with some tracks landing on the heavy rock side of things, and others like "Forevermore" showing us exactly how the blues and psychedelic music make for a great match. And to me, psychedelic music should embrace instruments beyond the guitars, bass, and drums to include sounds to take you on a sonic journey, so when I hear flutes and sitar on these songs (and especially in the title track) it is a wonderful thing to hear! But don't worry, there is plenty of heavy rock and soaring guitar solos.

If you dig the blues psych (and especially the vocals) of Spain's The Mothercrow, be sure to check out Italy's AyahuascA and Brazil's Spiral Guru.

From the band:
The Mothercrow is a rock band influenced by the '60 -'70 rock, based in Barcelona. The influences that define the sound of the group goes from blues and psychedelia to early 70's heaviest rock.
The Mothercrow is from Barcelona with the members:
··Karen Asensio: Vocals··
··Claudia González: Bass··
··Pep Carabante: Drums··
··Max Eriksson: Guitar··



Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy music from The Swamp featuring

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



Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ascendant by Albatross Overdrive heavy rocker

Ascendant by Albatross Overdrive
Ascendant by Albatross Overdrive
If your band compares itself to Fu Manchu, Cluth, Nebula, and Thin Lizzy then it better deliver some hard ass rock & roll with killer vocals. Which exactly what the hard rock vets in ALBATROSS OVERDRIVE deliver on "Ascendant" with seven tracks that rip and roar with chugging guitar riffs with the singing to hammer the music home. Listen to the Bandcamp stream of Ascendant by Albatross Overdrive:


There's nothing but high octane riffage on this album. Every song delivers power guitar work, a rhythm section that won't let up, and strong vocals. The hard rock American sound is backed by the lyrics which sing to the struggles and corruption we confront everyday. These lyrics are a lot more involved than you typically find on a hard rocker.


Albatross Overdrive formed in 2004 in So Cal with members:
  • Art Campos-  Vocals
  • Rodney Peralta-  Drums
  • Derek W. Phillips-  Guitar
  • Andrew Luddy-   Guitar 
  • Mark Abshire-   Bass
From the band:
We are an extremely attractive and well polished band with high levels of formal music training. Our ears are honed to that of a canine and possess the animal magnetism of a lion...A roaring lion with a large coarse mane, we captivate our audiences like a black demon cobra...I can't keep a straight face writing this.... 
Albatross Overdrive fans will be happy to know that the band is 8 songs deep into the next Full Length record which they hope to start recording early 2020.




Opus Alpha by Z.O.E Zarathustra On Extasy instrumental stoner post-rock

Opus Alpha by Z.O.E Zarathustra On Extasy
Opus Alpha by Z.O.E Zarathustra On Extasy
"Opus Alpha" is the debut album from Italian post-rockers Z.O.E Zarathustra On Extasy with four instrumental tracks that any spaced-out stoner rock fan will enjoy. There's plenty of desert guitar work and stoner riffs, with atmospherics and strings add to the effect of taking a trip through space. Have a listen to the Bandcamp stream of Opus Alpha by Z.O.E Zarathustra On Extasy:


What I enjoy most about this album is that it plays with a tremendous balance and flow. Just hit PLAY and let "Opus Alpha" tantalize your ears for half an hour.





Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy music from The Swamp featuring

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


Saturday, October 26, 2019

CROW CRASH RADIO new album "ghostwaves" is killer stoner psych


I have enjoyed the instrumental psychedelic trio CROW CRASH RADIO for a while now, ever since they put a track on my PSYCHEDELIC CIRCUS compilation on Bandcamp earlier this year. This band includes one member playing theremin which is not only a rarity in any band, but is really the instrument that sounds more "psychedelic" to me than any other. It creates a haunting synth-like sound created without any physical contact from its player, and Crow Crash Radio uses it to such great effect that I am always glad to hear from the band when they have new music. Listen to the stream of Crow Crash Radio's "ghostwaves" on Bandcamp:


Crow Crash Radio gets a little heavier with this album, and "The Profane Twin" is a flat-out great stoner tune. Each song seems to give the focus over to one of the instruments, which gives each song a very unique sound compared to the others. The last track "It'll All Wash Away" is much closer to drone with long sections given over to the drums while the theremin and guitar work to create a drawn-out intoxicating hum. "ghostwaves" indeed!


Crow Crash Radio is out of Oakland CA and its members are: 
  • Brian Strang: guitar
  • Andrew Joron: theremin
  • Mark Pino: drums
From the band:
Crow Crash Radio pilots a flying saucer deep into the unconscious of American roots music, producing an ambience that is both dreamy and driving: a form of retro-futurist instrumental rock. Crow Crash Radio is both retro and futurist. Theremin-based, this instrumental trio play Cosmic American Music, filled with the shadows of American gospel, blues and the soulful drones of the Near East mysticism. The sound is both quiet and meditative but also driving and hypnotic, gently carrying their audiences into the mystery at the heart of universal musical roots.



Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy music from The Swamp featuring

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



IRON RIDER is Wondering If You're In Hell By Now debut stoner doom blues EP

IRON RIDER is Wondering If You're In Hell By Now debut stoner doom blues EP
IRON RIDER is Wondering If You're In Hell By Now debut stoner doom blues EP
IRON RIDER is a doom blues outfit from Brooklyn with a debut EP out this summer. It can be a little tricky for some bands to get into the bluesier side of things without going all the way and ending up as a heavy Southern rocker band, but Iron Rider digs into the blues riffs while keeping things very doom. The songs are heavy, some are a little faster than others, and overall the EP has a great flow to it. Some of the songs have lyrics with vocals straight from Hell, and some are instrumental. I dig this sound and will be excited to hear when there is a full album from Iron Rider. Stream the debut EP from IRON RIDER "Wondering If You're In Hell By Now" for free from Bandcamp:


"Drifter" really gets into the rocking bluesy side of the band's sound, while the following track "An Old Low" gets into the slower side of the blues. Really great guitar work, too. "Bonfire" has a really heavy sound and is way more epic than it's short time would suggest. "Beg" uses the vocal effects to perfect use before another killer guitar solo kicks in. Man, this is a really good set of tracks!

Iron Rider is:

  • Mark Grillo - Guitar and Vocals
  • Michael Livathinopoulos - Drums
  • Julian Agneta - Bass Guitar and Keyboard
From the band: 
An old fashioned trashy bluesy doom band from New York.
Iron Rider is a three piece doom band mixing old and dirty delta blues rhythms with a touch of grunge while still being a solid tribute to the classic and timeless cult doom and psych bands of the 60's and 70's.
Needless to say, Iron Rider incorporates horror themes and personal experiences into their lyrics, artwork and music so that each album is themed, conceptual and story driven, starting with our first one Wondering If You're In Hell By Now.
Iron Rider's first show is November 9 in NYC so follow them on Bandcamp and Facebook to stay in the loop --




Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy music from The Swamp featuring

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


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Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy music from The Swamp featuring

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


DIMETRODON debut "II" instrumental doom psych prog concept album

DIMETRODON debut "II"
Fuzzy digs instrumental. Fuzzy digs doom. Fuzzy digs psych. Prog and synths work, too. And dragons and goblins. So when DIMETRODON dropped their debut album "II" on me, I was into giving it a listen. This is an instrumental tour through doom and heavy riffs with plenty of side trips through psych and prog. This trio includes synths as needed to lay down the effects, and the overall result is a really good album that has a great sonic flow to it. On top of that, the band says the songs make for a concept album about the battle of good and evil on the deserts of Mars. Have a listen to "II" from Dimetrodon:


If you are unfamiliar with concept albums (if so, immediately go check out CROW AND POE) they can run the gamut from the very specific (a story with lyrics) to the very loose (music to set the mood of an idea). "II" falls into the latter category. The song titles and the album notes are your only indications the tale takes place on the deserts of Mars and what action occurs there. But there is a flow to the album which lends itself to the theme, and anyway the music is really good, so let your imagination go where it will.  

From the band: 
“II” is an instrumental sci-fi barbarian concept album; sort of an escapist good vs evil story told through the lens of mid-70s proto-metal and flowery prog, with some krautrock, giallo film music, and atonal electronic influences thrown in for extra flavor. 
Dimetrodon is: 

  • Bass - Jim Lecheler
  • Synth and guitar - Ian McKinney
  • Drums - Rene Moncivais





Fuzzy Cracklins Presents 
heavy music from The Swamp featuring

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