Dopethrone- iii (2012)

Stoner-sludge from Montreal, while not my favorite, Dopethrone is one of those bands that should be present in a metal library. III is a good album, in a sense the quintessential stoner metal release; low, down-tuned, slow and dirty with growled vocals about marijuana. Maybe it’s because they’re French Canadian, because claiming to like a French Canadian band is one step away from rollerblading (which itself is one step away from gay sex). Either way, this is a pretty good album, 80%.

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500th post! Bongripper- Live at Roadburn (2012)

Slacking, took the week off. This new live album from Bongripper came as news to me even though it came out over a year ago. Recorded at the Roadburn festival in the Netherlands back in 2012, it was the first time they played in Europe. For those who don’t already know, Bongripper is stoner doom/sludge out of Chicago, and this release is the combination of two sets, and they play almost all their songs. This is an awesome album, the sound is deeper, richer and fuller than the studio recordings, displaying what I love about live albums, 96%.
Also jumping up out of nowhere is StoneoftheSwamp’s 500th post… whatevesies.

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Judd Madden- Glacial

Judd Madden is an instrumental solo project out of Melbourne, Australia playing stoner doom low and slow. Stoner metal is a genre that has been well explored and full of cover-bands-with-different-lyrics, so it is a pleasant surprise to come across such a listenable album. The sound is thick and rich, so layered and enveloping that it almost has a soundscape nature. Excellent music for the background, though a bit too long and a touch too epic, 86%.

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Bongzilla- Methods for Attaining Extreme Altitudes (1998)

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin and formed in 1995, this is terrific stoner metal and must have for any Metalhead. Methods for Attaining Extreme Altitudes was released back in 1998, this stoner metal classic contains three of Bongzilla’s lesser known songs, Melovespot, High Like a Dog and Smoke/ I love Maryjane.
Highly recommended and defiantly worth a listen, Bongzilla is mood music, be warned, it’s not fitting for work. Low and slow with screeched vocals, down-tuned and distorted guitars this EP is perfect for the relaxed afternoon session, 90%.

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Cough- Ritual Abuse (2010)

Cough is stoner/sludge from Richmond, Virginia. This is their latest release and they are currently on tour in Europe, slow, low and down-tuned, this is a sludge on an epic scale… Almost too epic, it is like they are trying a touch too hard, which is why I prefer their first full length album, Sigillum Luciferi, but this is not bad, but the vocals really aren’t stoner/doom. I’m sorry, but some of the vocals come at you like something a radio DJ would call hardcore(!), and the album doesn’t seem real focused. It comes across more as a follow-up album to a really good one [which it is] rather than a new and original work; 73%

And here we have part of the 9th issue of the Nutty Cock ‘n Nuts Sodomy ‘zine, a friend recently found these, she said, “Yeah, I was looking at these… Das Büt is…” Which sums it up quite well. He recently sent me the newest issue (14), which I meant to post, but I grabbed this one instead.
If you’re not already familiar with the Nutty Cock ‘n Nuts Sodomy ‘zine, it is basically demented art and tirades by Das Büt, who has a special sense of humor. While some of his work is considered over the top by many, there is a certain humor and creativity that I can appreciate. For instance, he had a habit of entertaining himself years ago by calling up this guys grandmother and propositioning her for sex. And I say habit, because he didn’t do it just once or twice… (DasBüt.com)

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SOURVEIN- Black Fangs (2011)

Sourvein is an old sludge/doom band originally from Cape Fear Beach, North Carolina, and this is their latest full length album, Black Fangs. They have splits with Bongzilla and Buzz’ven, bla bla bla typical stoner/sludge, while new, it is over produced with too clean a sound and trampling over the same old ground. And the album is too long. It would have been much better without the filler. It is a 25 minute collection of material streached out to twice that.
For fans of the genre it is ok, the first song, Fangs, is my favorite of the album. However, it is even a bit too much even for a fan; the length is obviously influenced by some record company twit and at times it sounds like the Rolling Stones trying to play Sludge, with obvious grasps at recreating an half forgotten old sound. 70%

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Cavity- Drowning (1996)

Today we have Cavity’s Drowning, an old and forgotten album, or so I thought.
Cavity is a sludge band out of Miami, split up for a decade now, they formed in 1992 emerging from Maimi’s punk scene “used hardcore as a springboard while incorporating heavier riffs and a thicker sound” (Last FM) resulting in Sludge.
Cavity released a bunch of singles, which ultimately ended up in this, the Drowning compilation released in 1996. A classic early south Florida sludge album, long out of print that almost no one remembers, right?
Wrong. Yes, few people remember this album, because look, can’t even find all the songs on YouTube. However, someone did take the time to make sure that all the links for this obscure album in .rar and .zip formats for free download, have been removed. All of them. Rapidshare, Mediafire, even depositfile… but YouTube is ok?
Part of why I started this blog was so that I would have basically a cloud storage of my favorite music, via any smart phone or computer (no, I’m not doing it to be cool. I’m already cool enough). The past couple months I have found myself listening to steaming music more and downloading virtually nothing…
It appears to me that technology is making this “downloading is stealing” idea obsolete because everything is available streaming now. To everyone’s phones.
So, regulation has caught up and shut the door on the illegal downloading at just the moment in time when that same music is available to everyone.
The world is changing around us as I form these words, we must adapt; the era of free downloading seems to be ending, so not all posts will have download links, however, all will have streaming links of one form or another. (After all the whole point of music is for it to be heard.)
I apologise, I liked it the way it was before too, I will try and find download links for at least half the posts anyway.
-ApogeeMatt

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