Sunday, September 29, 2019

ULTRACOMBO stoner doom metal debut

ULTRACOMBO stoner doom metal debut 
ULTRACOMBO s/t EP arrives with a furious blend of heavy riffs, fast metal pacing, and fuzzy vocals to deliver a super solid set of non-stop ripping songs. I've been listening to a lot of weedcore and groove metal lately which is not exactly the sonic space that ULTRACOMBO falls into, but their relentless speed and pounding riffs gets them into a sound that is too fast just to be only stoner, and too heavy just to be only metal. I really dig this unique blend of fuzzy, heavy, and speed so check out ULTRACOMBO:

The album opens with "The King" and you get what ULTRACOMBO came here to deliver: fuzzy soaring vocals with a psych feel, layered for fast heavy riffs. "Sparatutto" and "Gravità" keep things going with a fast pace, heavy doom, and psych guitar solos. 

Things take a break with "Flusso" which opens with a much more subdued tone, but don't worry because it hits you with a nice fuzzy drop and then pounds away with UTLTRACOMBO's blend of heavy fuzz and fuzzy vocals. Flusso is such a solid song it deserves to get spins on the major playlists.

The album wraps it up with "Il momento in cui non penso" which is the shortest track but is a strong finish to the album. The vocals take the spotlight on this one, and the band delivers ULTRACOMBO's heavy riffs to end things with a bang.

Ultracombo is:
Voice: Alessio Guarda
Bass: Giordano Pajarin
Drum: Flavio Gola
Guitar: Alberto Biasin
Guitar: Giordano Tasson
The band lists some of their influences as:
Queens of The Stone Age, Red Fang, Kyuss, Truckfighters, Tool, Fu Manchu, The Sword, Black Sabbath, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, King Gizzard e The Lizard Wizard, Greenleaf etc....
Other bands to check out if you dig ULTRACOMBO are Halfaya and Brahmans.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

DAHUZ doom psych debut EP hits you with a dash of prog

DAHUZ doom psych debut EP
DAHUZ doom psych debut EP
What's going on in France?? Just in the last week I have heard some mind-blowing doom psych. First it was Nydeaf, then Occult Hand Order, and today it is DAHUZ. Wow, this little 3-track partly instrumental debut EP is one of the most original set of songs I have heard in a while. Dahuz effortlessly weaves doom, psych, stoner, and even a dash of post or prog (depending on your interpretation) into a sound that is rewarding and captivating. It's hard not to really focus on these songs, which isn't to say you can't also just kick back and enjoy the heavy waves of sound as they wash over you. Check out DAHUZ:

Some other goodness: a few choice samples (I absolutely love samples), and the middle track is instrumental. I love the vocals on here (they have the perfect spaced-out sound for a doom psych album) but I won't deny how much I dig instrumentals. This EP delivers the best of all -- some of each. Right on!

From the band:
Gravelly echo of heavy bass lines, infuriated riffs and ethereal melodies drawing its inspiration from the most ancient fears and beliefs of humankind. Dahuz is a stoner/doom/prog band from the south of France.
Dahuz is from southern France and its members are:
Drums: Guillaume Spinetta
Bass guitar: Alexandre Culoma
Guitar, vocals: Emmanuel Cadman
Follow Dahuz at: 

Dahuz on Spotify

OCCULT HAND ORDER stoner psych debut EP delivers the heavy riffs

OCCULT HAND ORDER stoner doom debut EP
OCCULT HAND ORDER stoner doom debut EP
The debut stoner doom EP from France's OCCULT HAND ORDER is exactly how I like my stoner doom -- fucking heavy while delivering the riffs. These 4 tracks stay dark and heavy but have their moments where they take off across the desert of doom. Already I cannot wait for the full album! Check out OCCULT HAND ORDER:

I also dig the variety in song lengths. We all love the long songs that take you on a journey, but sometimes what you need is a short one to kick out the doomy riffs. I like the balance going on with this EP. The transition from "Stolas" to "Witches Are Burning" is exactly what I mean -- one ends and the next one decides to kick in your teeth at twice the speed. These tracks are really the perfect mix of STONER and DOOM.

From the band:
Heavy are the riffs. Dark are the thoughts.
The trio summons a dizzy psychedelism and let the fuzz buzz through the bones.
Occult Hand Order shakes the souls and the bodies with its Stoner Hard Psych.
The band shared the stage with many great artists such as Mars Red Sky, Naxatras and Maidavale.
Show on Saturday! So follow Occult Hand Order to stay in touch with the band:

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 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 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

Para participar desta compilação, entre em contato

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents é um selo do Bandcamp com oito bandas de todo o mundo.

Fuzzrious é uma promotora e revisora musical sediada em São Paulo.

Art by by Old Boy

🇬🇧 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 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

To join this compilation, please contact

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents is a Bandcamp label with eight bands from around the world.

Fuzzrious is a music promoter and reviewer based in São Paulo.

Art by by Old Boy

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.

SCARECROW haunts you with symphonic doom on Sept. 1

SCARECROW is a 4-piece symphonic doom band from Russia with its debut self-titled album dropping on September 13, and a 3-track demo you can get free on Bandcamp on September 1. This is full-blow, high-production music, too. A few seconds into this and you will feel like you are in a theater with a stage show about to begin. Heavy riffs with sound effects, harmonica, even flute -- and absolutely killer vocals. Get the free 3-track demo from their Bandcamp page on Sept. 1 to listen for yourself.  On September 13, they will drop a full self-titled album. It's absolutely epic!

Here's how Scarecrow describes how they make their sound:
It is full symphonic orchestra consisting of:
Sections of 1st, 2nd strings, violas, cellos, core basses and lead strings quartet: 1st, 2nd string, Lead Viola and Led Cello.
Woodwinds section is flutes, oboes and solo Cor Anglais.
Brass Section is solo tuba, sections of Horns, Trombones and Trumpets.
Orchestral percussion - gongs, cymbals and timpani
Also we used orchestral harp and cathedral organ.
In some parts we used some exotic percussion - boobams and darbukas I brought from Egypt and Tunisia.

Scarecrow is Artemis - vocals, harmonica and flute, Elijah - Bass Guitar, Vadim - Drums and percussion, and Den - Guitar.

Here's a little backstory for Scarecrow from the band:
We are from Perm City (Russia) it is a province, and there is just a endless swamps, moors and forests for many miles around.
Swamps!! Right on!!
It's very distant, gloomy and cold places (in winter, the temperature can drop to - 40) with many ancient, pagan traditions and bloody history of Christianity. Whether we like it or not, this whole atmosphere is reflected in our music.

Musically, we are brought up with classical British Heavy Rock of late 60s and early 70s
(our sound producer from Ritual Sound (Darlington, UK), in jest, described our music as "Led Zeppelin meets ghost")) however we use many different influences - Blues, Jazz, Folk, Psychedelic and classical orchestral Music (we wanted to achieve the effect of an orchestra from Classic Old Horror Movie)
Be sure to follow Scarecrow to find out when the self-titled album drops on Sept. 13th: