Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ironweed - Your World Of Tomorrow (2011)

I discovered the album Indian Ladder by Ironweed a couple of years ago and since then have been looking forward to a new album release. Finally, the album came out earlier this year and is one of the best stoner metal albums to have been released this year. Great stuff. Get it.

Jeff Andrews - Vox, Guitar
Mike Vitali - Guitar, Vox
Brendan Slater - Bass, Vox
Dan Dinsmore - Drums, Vox

Mastodon - The Hunter (2011)

Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated rock/metal albums this year was Mastodon's Hunter. And the men of Mastodon do not disappoint. The band has further evolved by adding even more of a 70s progressive rock sound and improved vocal melodies as hinted on their previous opus Crack The Skye. While definitely not as raw and sludgy as their debut, it still manages to sound heavy as fuck. Get your copy today.

Brann Dailor - Drums and Vocals
Brent Hinds - Guitar and Vocals
Bill Kelliher - Guitar
Troy Sanders - Bass and Vocals

The Fucking Wrath - Valley Of The Serpents Soul (2011)

The Fucking Wrath triumphantly return with their second album. The band brings their vision of thrashy sludge to the table once again, but this time they have harnessed their sound  and definitely sharpened their craft. Fucking rifftastic!

Hunters - From Birth To Soil (2011)

Another great new Sludge Metal band from Chicago, Illinois. Having been conceived not even a year before releasing their debut album earlier this year, From Birth To Soil manages to sound like a more mature release from a band that has been around a lot longer. Ripping twin guitar action  dominates this album with a heavy 70s influence with growling vocals of the harsher variety. A great sludge release from a band that acknowledges its influences without copping them or restricting themselves to a single "sound".

Chris Angelucci - Vocals
Luke Tobias - Guitar
Ryan Kasparian - Guitar
Jeremy Pyrzynski - Bass
Brian Kutanovski - Drums

Facebook band page


Gallery - Ano Exitium (2011)

Another newcomer to the Sludge/Doom metal scene. Gallery from L.A., formed in 2009 and just released their first album earlier this year. Make no mistake, even though this is their first album, these guys sound like they have been making albums together and gigging for a lot longer than their true conception date. One of the finest sludge metal releases to date.

Chris Castro (Guitar/Vocals)
Jon Lopez (Drums)
Alex LiCausi (Bass/Vocals)
Robert Rivas (Lead Guitar)

Bandcamp band page (Buy/download album from here)
Sourvein - Black Fangs (2011)

Sludge heavyweights, Sourvein, returned at last with Black Fangs. You know what to expect.

JC Fari-Bass
T-Roy -Vocals/guitar
King James - Guitar 
Kong - Drums

The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance (2011)

The Atlas Moth are pretty new to the Sludge/Doom scene, having formed in 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. And An Ache For The Distance is only their second album to date. Don't let that misguide you, though. After hearing the the first track, "Coffin Varnish", you already get the sense the band puts full effort into crafting magnificent and original sounding songs. They don't just retread vintage Iommi riffs and sound like Sabbath clones. They add psychedelic atmospheres and a mix of blackened and clean vocals. And altogether managing to take their influences (musical and otherwise) and sound pretty unique for a genre that tends to sound like ginormous old dinosaurs trying make their way through a tar pit. Just listen to the youtube clip of "Coffin Varnish" below, and you'll hear what I mean.

Andrew - Synth/guitar
Anthony - Drums
Alex - Bass
Dave - Guitar/Vocals
Stavros - Guitar/Vocals