Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Drone metal VVITCH debuts 2-track EP "A Quietus Selection"

"A Quietus Selection"
"A Quietus Selection"
When you need your doom a little slower, it's time for drone metal or drone doom. VVITCH just released a 2-track EP with enough heavy tones to slow down any doom fan. Drone is worth checking out if you have not listened before, and existing fans of drone doom will love it, so check out "A Quietus Selection" by VVITCH --


"Obsessive Thoughts" is all atmosphere until about 2 minutes in, and then the chills begin. Hard to imagine you are anywhere other than a dark, dank dungeon while listening, with evil and foreboding portents at every turn.

"The Quietus Calling" has a nice transition into bells about two thirds of the way in. Very good.

I dig how different these two tracks are from each other, both in length and in style, and yet they still go together to make a cohesive EP.



VVITCH is from Italy.

From VVITCH --
VVITCH fuse the long tones of drone with heaviness of doom metal and the dark, grief ambient of funeral doom. A bass guitar, synth and drums are the elements of this sick mixture.
In this EP you’ll fall in a grief trip through sorrow. A gloomy atmosphere of desolation squeeze the heart and erode the mind to became an “obsessive thought”. You can’t get rid and still fall, your mind collapse and lose all hope. In that moment “the quiet calling” and you can’t hold out much longer.
Thats “A Quietus Selection”!
FFO The Swamp's COUNT SZAR and OPIUM WARLOCK.

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DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DEADMAN DANCE neo-stoner rock
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KAVOD meditative doom
LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
THE LANCASTERS psych rock
TRAHIR shamanic psych
TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
WIZENED TREE stoner rock

Monday, May 11, 2020

Drone metal "Excavation" debut EP from BRONTOSAURUS


Drone metal "Excavation" debut EP from BRONTOSAURUS
Drone metal "Excavation" debut EP from BRONTOSAURUS
The Swamp has its share of drone metal (our newest band is COUNT SZAR) and ambient psych (founding brother OPIUM WARLOCK). So when I got the word about the debut album from BRONTOSAURS, I was right on it. And I was not disappointed! This is drone of the heaviest sort, and delivered with an unending barrage of unique ambient touches. This album is as fantastic as it is original, so have a listen to "Excavation" on Bandcamp --


Beyond the complete brutality of this heaviness on the first track and "Junkhead", there are some masterful flourishes to the music. The intentional skips, the drum work, the straining guitars, samples, the effects .... simply incredible stuff going on here. Despite the sheer weight of the music, there is so much variety to the music and sounds that you will simply not be able to pull your ears away from any of it. You are rewarded for catching the details as they travel past you.

Fuzzy's favorite song? Not an easy choice. I will say that the middle of "Junkhead" sent tingles up my spine, and the sheer originality of "Dinocracy" makes it stand out despite its short length. Drone purists might complain about the drift into ambient on a few of these songs, but to me, that is the appeal of this album. Ambient is the heavy half-brother of drone, and Brontosaurus is the father of them both.


I pity the demise of the dinosaurs, and I pity you if you miss out on this drone metal marvel with an ambient flair.

Brontosaurus is the drone metal project from Jan Chojnowski of The Howling Eye.

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TRIPPING HAZE CEREMONY stoner doom
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Swamp CD of the Month


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Solo shoegaze CAPTAIN SHRUGS "Boredom City" is fantastic


Fuzzy loves solo artists. My first comp was Loud & Lonely vol. 1. The Swamp's Crow Ballard and Opium Warlock are both solo bands. Solo friends of The Swamp are too many to list here, but be sure to check out Crushing Yellow Sun, Stonehag, Mäes Morrendo, Tree of Riffs / Blake Evans, Jerky Dirt, Count Szar .... you get the idea.

So when CAPTAIN SHRUGS sent me his latest project to check out, I was pretty excited. And The Captain did not let me down! "Boredom City" mixes fuzzy psychedelic riffs with shoegaze effects and haunting vocals in a way that is energizing and relaxing at the same time. These songs are like riding a wave of sound, where you get lifted up but then sink back down, only to be lifted again by the next wave. Stream "Boredom City" on Bandcamp:


Another thing that really stands out is the drumming. Many solo artists use a drum machine or software (nothing wrong with that!) but it leaves the sound a little too perfect, and well, ... machine-like. The drumming on here is authentic, energetic, creative, and really excellent. A great foundation and complement to the riffs.

Captain Shrugs is working on his next album, which you can preview on Bandcamp right here.


Captain Shrugs band is Nicola Serafini from Ravenna, Italy.

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LUNAR SWAMP doom blues
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Monday, May 4, 2020

Heavy psych HEAVY HANDS new EP "Through The Night"

HEAVY HANDS new EP "Through The Night"
HEAVY HANDS new EP "Through The Night"
It's been almost exactly a year, and HEAVY HANDS is back with a new EP and this time, the Boston heavy psych bands brings a variety to their songs that ranges from dark to grunge, from very heavy to less intense, but it's all variations on their signature psychedelic rock sound. Check out "Through The Night" EP:


"Through The Night" EP starts off with the spoken word of "Devil Nets" before exploding into a very dark, heavy psych song.

"Villain" dials back the darkness to deliver a grunge-infused heavy rocker.

The EP wraps up with "Breakdown" which changes this EP's sound yet again to offer a blend of the first two songs with a psych rock winner.

Plan on hitting the repeat button when you start this one. It's worth a lot of replays.


Heavy Hands is:

  • Aaron - vocals and guitar 
  • Dan - drums
  • Sean - guitar
  • Jeremy - bass

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BOG MONKEY noise rock
CHRONIC LETHARGY heavy psych
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DEADMAN DANCE neo-stoner rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
GREEN HOG BAND stoner doom
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

Stoner rock STONEGAZER hits hard with their debut album "The End of Our World"

STONEGAZER debut album "The End of Our World"
STONEGAZER debut album "The End of Our World"
It's been a few years since we heard from Finland's STONEGAZER, and Fuzzy's guess is that the band spent all that time recording the perfect heavy stoner rock album.  Heavy without going fuzz, rock without going metal, stoner without quite getting into grunge. Check out "The End of Our World" out now on CD and LP from Kozmik Artifactz:


Every one of the 7 songs on "The End of Our World" is powerful and driving, and Fuzzy points out that "Bring Down The Rain" and "No Grace To Fall From" are the best of the best. Great guitar work, never-ending rhythms, and phenomenal singing.

Finnish stoner band StoneGazer released their first LP through Kozmik Artifactz as CD and vinyl on 24.4.2020


StoneGazer band is from Finland with the members:
  • Juho - kitara
  • Late - kitara
  • Tomas- basso
  • Jallu - rummut
  • Jussi - laulu
From StoneGazer band:
The End of Our World has lyrical themes ranging from the inherent shortcomings of the current system and the impending ecological disaster to critique of the unlearned lessons in history regarding demagogues. Lyrically The End of Our World is not a concept album, but an album that is a collection of songs that reflect the contemporary and take a stand where one needs to be taken.


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BOG MONKEY noise rock
CHRONIC LETHARGY heavy psych
CROW BALLARD folk psych
DEAD PANDA stoner punk
DEADMAN DANCE neo-stoner rock
DOS BRUJOS metal jams
GREEN HOG BAND stoner doom
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

Friday, April 24, 2020

Blues rock ACID ALICE signs with Aonair Records with "The Road"

ACID ALICE "The Road"
ACID ALICE "The Road"
AONAIR RECORDS has just signed ACID ALICE with a blues rock sound straight from the late 60s but with a completely fresh sound. These songs deliver all the best of that era without any of the excess or missteps that albums from that bygone era sometimes had. The guitar work, the vocals, the passion for a sound that still lives on .... this is just flat-out a great album. Check out "The Road" debut album from Acid Alice:


"The Road" blasts out of the gate on "Acid Horse" with blistering guitar work and bluesy vocals. The guitar and vocal work makes a powerful combination that delivers all the way through this album. The blues rock sound is less like the Southern rock of the 70s and more like the blues rock from Los Angeles in the late 60s. Wherever and whenever doesn't really matter anyway -- this just flat out rocks!

The guitar work is so incredible on this thing. Just check out the intro to "In My Memory" for proof of that. Speaking of that song, the vocals out-do themselves. And the band knows it's in the 21st century, with just a touch of fuzz to bring the blues rock from another generation to music fans of today.

One thing Fuzzy really digs is that Acid Alice keeps the energy level up. Some bands would be tempted to slow it down in parts or take a break, but this album rocks & rolls from start to finish.

Fantastic music, great production, and wonderful songs. Check out Acid Alice!


Mrs. Cracklins Happy Hour mini-review:
I will happily listen to this everyday. 
From the band (by way of Google Translate):
Rock band influenced by music from the 60s and 70s, whose main ideology is to rescue musical and ideological styles that they consider lost, as well as to build atmospheres that remind us of the old glories of rock.
Acid Alice surge por la necesidad de sus integrantes de expresarse por medio de música mas aproximada a la de aquellos artistas de la escena de los 60's, 70's a los que admiran, debido a la añoranza que poseen sus integrantes hacia los grandes festivales de esos años, así como a las enérgicas y místicas presentaciones de los grupos de la época, así convergen los integrantes de la banda al comenzar el proyecto, después de algunos cambios, y algunas buenas presentaciones Acid Alice queda conformado por su actual alineación Darcy, Mark, Hector, Dankoi, y Julio ( como colaborador), con el propósito único de construir música distintiva, original y atrevida que traiga de vuelta las antañas atmósferas de esos "Buenos tiempos". 
Acid Alice band is from Mexico City with members:
  • Mark Mc'Fuzz: Guitarra Principal/Lead Guitar
  • Darcy Core: Voz/Vox
  • Hector Vamartz: Batería/Drums
  • Dankoi Marco: Bajo/Bass
ACID ALICE just signed with Aonair Records. This album and this band deserve more attention and now they'll get it. Be sure to check out the Aonair Presents Vol. 1 stoner comp for more great music.

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ADVENT VARIC blackened stoner metal
BOG MONKEY noise rock
CHRONIC LETHARGY heavy psych
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