I really can't believe Chris Cornell is dead!

18 May, 2017

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Such sad news, I still can hardly believe it isn't a hoax. Chris Cornell was one of my teenage “heroes” and his music was a massive part of me. I feel like a little piece of my childhood just died. He was truly one of the best, most dynamic singers around, a musical talent not to be replaced. Thank you for all the amazing music and inspiration you gave us.



Say hello to heaven Chris!

Honeymoon Disease - Electric Eel Single / Video

06 May, 2017

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The Swedish band Honeymoon Disease have unleashed their new music video for the vinyl seven-inch single Electric Eel. It was directed by Max Ljungberg and it's Honeymoon Disease's first new material since the release of their 2015 debut The Trancendencee. Electric Eel follows the typical Honeymoon Disease cadence of bombastic retro rock rooted in the classic sounds of the 70s. Another grand testament to the incredibly healthy state of Swedish retro rock.

Also, they’ll be back in studio this summer to record their next album. The new album is set for an early fall release on The Sign Records.


Blackbird Hill - Midday Moonlight EP (2017)

06 May, 2017

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I’m a real sucker for catchy music like this, tunes that will have your feet tapping and singing along to their infectious melodies. So when I received this album for review - I just had to do it.

In six songs and twenty-five and a half minutes, Midday Moonlight treats the listener to a brand of nearly perfectly executed blues rock. It has a great variety of sounds, electric blues, delta, americana and just good old rock and roll, and yet they all fit Blackbird Hill. As you listen to each track, you'll find it hard to pick a clear favourite. All of the songs are equally good. The guitar hooks are where it's at. There's a lot of really bouncy riffs that sound like they’d make for a big, sweaty blast of fun in concert. The drumming is simple, yet masterful and ripe with subtle technique.

The EP starts out fantastic with Trigger Law. A song that channels the spirit of Jimi Hendrix with its raucous riffs and an almost hip-hop sounding drum beat. It's hard to get this out of your head for the rest of the day. Next up is Horseback Sight. It's a mellow, moody song that hits all the right notes. The third number, Run Like Mad, is an energetic song that is very simple and straightforward, but also probably the catchiest number on the record. Stories From The Road shows that the band is able to stretch a song out to without losing any steam or having those listening lose interest, as even at eight minutes, it's as captivating at the end as it is at the beginning. Second to last is Hold Your Fire, which is a catchy, upbeat and sweet track. The very first few bars, the intro to this song, reminds me a bit of Sonic Youth's Cool Thing. Then comes the final track, Midday Moonlight. This gorgeous song begins with a slamming opening chord that is catchy and resonant. It has the most passionate vocal performance on the album. Also, the fuzz dial here is obviously set to '11'!

With so many bands trying so hard to do something new, it's nice to have a duo like Blackbird Hill to prove that good old-fashioned blues rock can still beat the socks off any trendy new style. Midday Moonlight has its flaws but it is certainly a great effort.


Samsara Blues Experiment Embark On European Tour

05 May, 2017

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Samsara Blues Experiment European Tour Poster

Samsara Blues Experiment, one of German's finest psychedelic stoner rock band, is about to embark on a new tour throughout Europe starting May 12, that includes stops in Hamburg, Paris, Athens, Reykjavik and several other cities. The band goes on tour to promote their new album One With The Universe (Listen in full HERE), which will be released May 12 on Electric Magic Records (in cooperation with World in Sound Records).


Samsara Blues Experiment European Tour 2017

12.05 - Berlin (DE) Zukunft am Ostkreuz - Stummfilm Special
13.05 - Berlin (DE) Zukunft am Ostkreuz - Official release party
14.05 - Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
15.05 - Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
16.05 - Bielefeld (DE) Forum
17.05 - Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
18.05 - Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
19.05 - Paris (FR) Le Backstage
20.05 - Köln (DE) Underground
27.05 - Athens (GR) Fuzz Live Music Club
03.06 - Reykjavik (FIN) Gaukurinn
11.08 - Finkenbach (DE) Finki Festival


Blackbird Hill - Midday Moonlight Single / Video

03 May, 2017

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If you’re looking for some rock’n’roll, you should definitely listen to Blackbird Hill. If you’re not, you probably should anyway. Blackbird Hill is the band of two guys from Bordeaux, Alexis Dartiguelongue and Maxime Conan. They make sweet nuggets of heavy blues rock that worms in your ears and stays there. You can taste it while listening to the title track from the upcoming album Midday Moonlight. Now the band has also unveiled a music video for that song. Watch it above.


With "Midday Moonlight", French power duo BLACKBIRD HILL take you on an exhilarating ride throughout America's wide open spaces, for a six-track journey made of telluric blues riffs and organic folk tales. Sometimes howling, always soulful, their sincere take on Delta blues mythology will appeal and intrigue you, like an outtake off a modern western duel between Jack White and Wovenhand. The artwork for this new 6-track record "Midday Moonlight" was designed by Ita Duclair.




BLACKBIRD HILL "Midday Moonlight"
Out May 5th, 2017 on CD and digital
Pre-orders available here

Ripple Music's West Coast dealers of heavy riffage ZED hit the Road to tear up the Lone Star State

01 May, 2017

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Zed/Wasted Theory Texas Tour Poster

Ripple Music's West Coast dealers of heavy riffage ZED are joining forces with East Coast hard rockers Wasted Theory to take the Lone Star State by force this May. And when these two forces meet, you better be ready for some Hard and Heavy Rockin! Known as the ‘Trippin’ Through Texas‘ tour, the two bands will devastate the 4 biggest cities, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, along with some of the best bands Texas has to offer, such as Wo Fat, Greenbeard, White Dog and more!

ZED bassist Mark Aceves says "We are super excited to finally bring our sound to our friends and fans in Texas, it's been a long time coming, especially for me being that I'm originally from Texas. It's going to be like a homecoming! And to be able to share the stage with such great bands and dudes like Wasted Theory, Wo Fat and others just adds to how killer it will be. ~ Ripple Music"


ZED: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
Wasted Theory: Facebook | Bandcamp 


Trippin' Thru Texas will happen on the following dates:

10.05 – Satellite Bar, Houston TX w/Stonework & The Society Of Bandits (9PM – All Ages)
11.05 – Limelight, San Antonio TX w/locals TBA (9PM – 21+)
12.05 – Dirty Dog Bar, Austin TX w/Greenbeard & White Dog (9PM-21+)
13.05 – Double Wide, Dallas TX w/Wo Fat & Crimson Stone (9PM – 21+)

Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #4

01 May, 2017

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Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries Cover

Welcome to another issue of Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries. It's been a while since the last one. Maybe it should be renamed 'Monthly Bandcamp Discoveries'?... Heh... Yeah, I'm really sorry about that. I don't have a lot of free time lately and I don't expect things to change anytime soon. That's why this issue contains only eight entries. It's a mix of some recent discoveries, and some older material. This time you’ll find artists from France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Russia.


P.S. If this is your first visit here, be sure to check out:

#1 | #2 | #3

Doctor Cyclops European Tour 2017

18 April, 2017

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Doctor Cyclops European Tour Poster

Doctor Cyclops have announced a UK and European tour in support of their new album Local Dogs. The band has already performed two dates across Italy, but there are still plenty more gigs to come. Find a full list of tour dates below.


Doctor Cyclops is a power trio delivering a blistering heavy rock rejuvenating the legacy of the '70s and early '80s. The band formed in 2007 in a small village in the middle of Appennino mountains, Northern Italy. Their common passion for brilliant outfits such as Truth and Janey, Sir Lord Baltimore, Captain Beyond or Witchfinder General lead them to record and self-produce their first EP “The Doctor Cyclops” (2010), which is quickly followed by two full-lengths: “Borgofondo” (2012) and “Oscuropasso” (2014).


Doctor Cyclops European Tour 2017

22.04 - Tortona (IT) Dazibao
02.05 - St Gallen (CH) Rumpeltum w/ Farflung
03.05 - Ins (CH) Schuxenaus
05.05 - Ipswich (UK) The Swan
06.05 - Banbury (UK) The Wheatsheaf
07.05 - London (UK) The Dev
08.05 - Bristol (UK) The Gryphon
09.05 - Plymouth (UK) The Junction
11.05 - Olten (CH) Coq d’Or
12.05 - Erba (IT) Centrale Rock w/ Crowbar
20.05 - Mezzago (IT) Bloom
07.07 - Salzburg (AT) RockHouse / Dome of Rock Fest
08.07 - Nandlstadt (DE) Freakin Out Festival

Alastor - Black Magic (2017)

17 April, 2017

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Alastor - Black Magic Album Cover

Saint Vitus once sang, White magic, black magic, which am I to choose? But Sweden's Alastor didn't have any doubts, they knew exactly what to choose for their debut EP.


Well, I just got done listening to about thirty-four minutes of music. That's of course nothing out of the ordinary, but this album/EP compresses that much music into just three songs. Luckily, Alastor makes the most of the time and delivers a quality EP. This is exactly the type of record where you pay no attention to song length, and just allow yourself to be entranced into Alastor's world. And I can guarantee you, you will not want to leave.


The guitar playing on here ranges from heavy-as-fuck doom metal to spacey, psychedelic sounding riffs and the vocals are sung in the background, like an old Black Sabbath record. These elements blend to create the incredible atmosphere of these tracks. The songs have an overall spooky, formidable tone and tomblike mists that slip subliminally into the listener's ear.


The opener, Enemy, is well over eleven minutes and features a long, atmospheric Sleep-esque intro leading into the massive main riff. The song has good groove and powerful presence, supreme mini-solos, long solos and great clean vocals. The next song, Nothing To Fear, is straight to the point and full of energy. The end riff here is simply stunning. Impressive as the first two songs are, it's the third, Black Magic, where Alastor really shines. To be clear though, I can't turn Black Magic loud enough. This song will get stuck it your head for indeterminable amounts of time and there is nothing you can do about it. The title track opens with a bulky Weedeater-like riff, quickly opening into another Electric Wizard/Windhand-style riff. It's a truly freaked out song with mighty vocals and with some of the most epic, monolithic riffing you'll hear on the album.


Overall, Black Magic is nothing groundbreaking, but with it Alastor have made an amazingly competent stoner doom album. It's fat and melodic in the right places. It will be stuck in your head for a while, I assure you that.


Ohhms - The World Official video

07 April, 2017

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Canterbury-based progressive sludgers Ohhms have unveiled the new video to their track ‘The World’. Vocalist Paul Waller gives a bit of background about this new song:


Lyrically, ‘The World’ is a character study of a friend of mine who was so overcome by conspiracy theories that he couldn’t function in the world any longer. He began to lose his mind and was deemed by a shrink to be unfit to work because he was delusional. It started small, with a few YouTube videos about NASA and Chem-Trails but within six months he was telling me how the Earth was flat and that I was a part of the sheeple movement because I wasn’t willing to do research myself into his claims.

I don’t judge him, people that are heavily into organised religion seem just as bizarre to me, but what I found fascinating was the way in which all his friends and family turned their back on him, he would have been better off telling them he had become a full-time smack head. At least they would have had a point of reference to relate to him with. As it stands he is all alone in the world now and I don’t see him as much but when I do, it’s never boring, I'll tell you that.

The UK natives will be on tour with Hark and Bossk this spring. Check out the tour dates below:


OHHMS co-headline tour w/ HARK

12.04 | Plymouth | Underground (tickets)
13.04 | Nottingham | The Chameleon Arts Cafe (tickets)
14.04 | Liverpool | EBGB's (tickets)
15.04 | Leeds | Temple Of Boom Leeds (tickets)
OHHMS on tour w/ BOSSK

20.04 | London / Boston Music Room
w/ Slabdragger, Haast's Eagled and Conjurer (tickets)
12.05 | Manchester | Rebellion Manchester (tickets)
13.05 | Glasgow | Audio Glasgow (tickets)
14.05 | Birmingham | The Flapper (tickets)


The Hazytones Kicks Off Canadian Tour

06 April, 2017

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The Hazytones Canadian Tour Poster

Great news for fans of The Hazytones – mark your calendars for April and May. Well... at least if you live somewhere near Canada, because The Hazytones continue to promote their much-praised self-titled debut album and have recently announced their Canadian tour dates. You can check out the dates below.


The Hazytones are a stoner rock group founded in 2015 in Montreal. The trio stuns the audience with their stage presence and intensity. Riff after riff, the group is known for their fat sound and heavy, overdriven saturation.

The band features the powerful voice and guitar playing of Mick Martel (former founding member of Madcooks), the accuracy of drummer Antoine St-Germain (current member of God Bless America) and the rigor of the bassist Frederic Couture (former founding member of Reckless Ride).


The Hazytones : Canadian Tour 2017

20.04 - Toronto @ Canadian Music Week
21.04 - Toronto @ Canadian Music Week
22.04 - Toronto @ Canadian Music Week
23.04 - Sault Ste-Marie @ American New Pub House
25.04 - Kenora @ Lake Shore
26.04 - Winnipeg @ The Cavern club
27.04 - Selkirk @ The Merch
28.04 - Régina @ Durty Nelly's
29.04 - Calgary @ Blind Beggar Pub
02.05 - Kelowna @ Fernando's Pub
03.05 - Vancouver @ Media club
04.05 - Nanaimo @ The Cambie Bar & Grill
05.05 - Port Albany @ TBA
06.05 - Victoria @ Logan's
07.05 - Kamloops @ The grind
08.05 - Kelowna @ Munnin's Post
10.05 - Golden @ Rockwater
12.05 - Edmonton @ The Forge
13.05 - Lethbridge @ Smokehouse Bar n Grill
15.05 - Fort Mcmurray @ Tavern on main
16.05 - Moose Jaw @ TBA
17.05 - Palmer @ Palmer Church
18.05 - Prince albert @ TBA
19.05 - Saskatoon @ The Capitol
20.05 - Red Deer @ The Vat Pub
21.05 - Calgary @ The Palomino
22.05 - Arkola @ Buddy's Pub
23.05 - Arkola @ Buddy's pub
25.05 - Winnipeg @ The Handsome Daughter
26.05 - Thunder bay @ Black Pirates Pub
27.05 - Timmins @ The Working Class

Grajo/​​Orthodox - Split EP (2017)

05 April, 2017

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Grajo is a band that needs to be talked about much more. The Córdoba-based doom metal act quietly released a pristine sounding full-length debut in 2016 to only sporadic acclaim, but it's deserving of much more widespread praise. Their recent two-track split EP with Orthodox is an occasion to remind you of this band. An occasion too good to be missed!


This split starts off with Grajo's Black Thunder Witch, by far the better song on the record. It's fresh and incredibly catchy. Grajo's music is heavy, poppy, psychedelic and sounds like a modern-day Saint Vitus. A very hard thing to explain is the excellent sounding vocals. Liz's vocals are truly unforgettable, bold but yet very soft, love listening to her beautiful voice! She also provided guest vocals on Orthodox's track. Grajo has proven themselves yet again to be extremely promising.


Sevilla's Orthodox contribute the second half of the split and while solid, have a hard time matching the awesomeness of the first song. The band did a cover of Neil Young's War of Man. And if riding first impressions, it'd be easy to say that the song sounds like it was recorded by the Melvins. So basically what we have here are some thick, powerful riffs instead of Neil Young's soft, acoustic tune.


But overall, this split is a very good release. It's definitely something everyone should pick up; both bands are worth your support and attention.


Orthodox: Bandcamp | Facebook

Bongzilla To Embark On 2017 European Tour

29 March, 2017

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Bongzilla European Tour Poster

Bongzilla is ready to return on the stage: after announcing their long awaited reunion in 2015, and after playing some shows in 2015 and 2016, the stoner doom legend is about to embark on a month-long tour of Europe, which will see the group play over 30 shows. The band will perform their legendary Gateway in its entirety at Roadburn Festival!


Want to catch the band in concert while they tour Europe? Then check out the tour dates below.



BONGZILLA EUROPEAN TOUR 2017

20.04 - Tilburg (NL) Roadburn Festival
21.04 - Saint Petersburg (RU)
22.04 - Moscow (RU) ШАГИ
26.04 - Bologna (IT) Alchemica Club
27.04 - Lausanne (CH) Impetus Festival / Romandie
28.04 - Berlin (DE) Desertfest Berlin
29.04 - London (UK) Desertfest London
30.04 - London (UK) Desertfest London
01.05 - Bruxelles (BE) Magasin 4
02.05 - Le Havre (FR) Le Sonic
03.05 - Paris (FR) Glazart
04.05 - Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
05.05 - Toulouse (FR) Rex Club
06.05 - Madrid (SP) Kristonfest
07.05 - Gueret (FR) Metal Cultures
08.05 - Aarau (CH) Kiff Foyer
09.05 - Zagreb (HR) Mochvara
10.05 - Wien (AT) Arena
11.05 - Belgrade (SR) Elektropionir
12.05 - Skopje (MN) МКЦ
13.05 - Sofia (BG) Live & Loud Club
14.05 - Timisaora (RO) Daos Club
15.05 - Budapest (HU) A38
16.05 - Prague (CZ) Klub 007
17.05 - Warsaw (PL) Pogłos
18.05 - Kauns (LT) Lemmy Klubas
19.05 - Riga (LV) Nabaklab
20.05 - Talinn (EST) Rock Stars
21.05 - Helsinki (FIN) Bar Loose
23.05 - Oslo (NOR) Blå
24.05 - Gothenburg (SWE) Truckstop Alaska
25.05 - Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
26.05 - Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang