Monday, 1 July 2013


Yes folks, it's that time of the month again when the collaborative spirit trumps reason and I ask a few dozen (give or take) of my fellow stoner doom bloggers, reviewers, podcasters, labellers and listers from around the world the age old question: "Hey!  Just what are you listening to right now anyway?"

Last month I got a huge kick from the special guest write-ups for the albums.  This month I went all out by gathering words from across the globe for your reading pleasure.  Guest contributors include Justin Gish, Nuclear Dog, Pat Harrington, Steve Miller, Gruesome Greg, Ulla Roschat, Blasting Dennis, Joop Konraad, Tony Van Dorston, Cheryl Carter, Aaron Pickford and Jeff Warren.  A mighty cheer for these heroes!!

A quick note of explanation of the chart: Each person asked submitted a list of their current favorite albums (you can find a list of contributors at the bottom of the post).  Some ranked their lists, some didn't.  Those that were ranked higher received a higher number of points, those that weren't ranked received the same amount of points for every album.  Those receiving the highest number of actual votes were ranked highest on this list, with the points acting as tie-breakers.  Got it?  No?  No problem, just enjoy the list for what it is.

In all over 250 albums received votes!  Here are the top 40 ...

1). UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATSMind Control (Rise Above)
Last Month: #1 [-], Months on chart: 2
Words by Justin Gish (Forte Radio Show, Heavy Planet)
Last month these cryptic Brits materialized at the top spot on our list and now they refuse to leave. I suppose it is our fault. They, cloyingly offered us Beatle harmonies and heavy riffage, and we said sure, we'll have some of that. And now we're hooked. If you're in Europe you can get your fix while they open for the mighty Sabbath. If you live my side of the Atlantic, you'll have to sit in your car and listen to this album while you wait for Sabbath to go on. Unless you want to roll the dice, hoping Andrew W.K. plays this album all the way through.  Find the album here.

2). KADAVARAbra Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)
Last Month: #3 [1], Months on chart: 2
Words by Nuclear Dog (Heavy Planet)
Kadavar on "Abra Kadavar" have managed to achieve a rare and welcome feat with their sophomore album, a release that comes quickly on the heels of their highly received debut in 2012, and surpasses in every way that first studio album. The same nimble, hard driving, tightly wound musical onslaught returns, and, if anything, the songs, the melodies, display more of a penchant for the hook while deploying musical codes that achieve primal synch with a listener's deep lying metal receptors; receptors that often stay locked in jaded resistance of substandard fare, but bloom wide and warm for the reception of a wicked and worthy sound.  The amalgam of stoner rock, doom metal, and psychedelic carpet rides on deep piles of shaggy fuzz,  soaring breathlessly through a musical subconsciousness upon waves of classic seventies standards provides for an experience at once familiar and unique, a feat of extraordinary magnitude, especially for a sophomore event.  See my review for Sludgelord.  Find the album here.

3). ORCHIDMouths of Madness (Nuclear Blast)
Last Month: #2 [1], Months on chart: 2
Words by Pat Harrington (Electric Beard of Doom)
So forget about the comparisons and controversies surrounding Orchid. Are they derivative? Yes. Do they sound dangerously close to the “band-that-cannot-be-named”? Yes.
So what?
Here’s the thing about ‘Mouths of Madness’ ...
The songs are great. The songwriting is great. The performances are great. The sound of the album is great. It sounds like it was recorded in 1973! This is the kind of shit that made me fall in love with hard rock/heavy metal! Orchid somehow makes me feel like I did the first time I heard “Masters of Reality”.
Based on its own merits, this album kicks ass on virtually every level, for my money, that’s all you need to know.
Find the album here.

4). BLACK SABBATH13 (Vertigo)
Last Month: - [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by Steve Miller (Temple of Perdition)

Imagine for a moment that Bill Ward—at his age and in his current state —could actually drum his way out of a wet paper bag let alone come close to emulating his performances on the early Sabbath records. Then the whole ‘13’ reunion debacle would be even more regrettable than the band’s choice in producer Rick Rubin. Sure, Ozzy often sounds as if he’s an android or on the verge of a catatonic state, but there’s no denying the brilliance of Iommi and Geezer. While it’s a wild stretch to claim that ‘13’ is a return to form or an album that fits in well with the band’s first six albums, it’s still a solid album that is heavy, full of hooks and gives the finer moments of ‘Technical Ecstasy’ and ‘Never Say Die!’ a run for their money. ‘13’ may be Black Sabbath at their most self-referential, but it’s still fucking Black Sabbath.  Find it here.

5). BLOOD CEREMONYThe Eldritch Dark (Rise Above)
Last Month: #20 [15], Months on chart: 2
Words by Gruesome Greg (Gruesome Views, Hellbound)
After stumbling upon this Toronto band back in ’06, I’ve been following their career for seven years. Full credit to them for not recording the same record over and over again—while I prefer the trad-doom-tinged debut, the mellower, more progressive sounds of The Eldritch Dark still satisfy. But it’s not a complete departure from the old, either. How many albums invite you to “Come to the Sabbat” on “Candlemas Eve?” This one does.  Find the album here.

6). CHURCH OF MISERYThy Kingdom Scum (Rise Above)
Last Month: #45 [39], Months on chart: 2
Words by LK Ultra
Church of Misery have been flying the freak flag for all of Japan for nearly 20 years and all that you’ve come to expect from the band remains intact.  While shucking some of the band’s fabled heaviness for a more polished chrome stoner finish, the tales of serial killing depravity are still there, the low-riding bass foundation is still there and the great riffs are all still there, flowering out in abundance.  Find it here.

7). BRUTUSBehind the Mountains (Svart)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by LK Ultra
Retro rockin’ Norwegians Brutus have delivered a truly standout album within their niche.  Basically, 'Behind the Mountains' is a handy album to bring around to maypole dances by day or ensorcelled orgies round the old hanging tree by night.  It both establishes and matches the mood of each event at different times.  Find it here.

8). QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE… Like Clockwork (Matador)
Last Month: #13 [5], Months on chart: 2
Words by Gruesome Greg (Gruesome Views, Hellbound)
Josh Homme and co have perhaps done themselves some disservice by releasing this one on the heels of the s/t reissue, as this is definitely not the Queens of old. Those expecting another “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” might be disappointed—but that’s not to say there aren’t some songs on here that could provide a solid soundtrack to your summer. C-c-c-c-cocaine not included.  Find it here.

9). CULT OF OCCULTHic Est Domus Diaboli (Self-Released)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
This is the devil’s house, so be prepared to get your skull crashed and your brain mashed with a wall of heavy sludge riffs. Your abulic mind is now ready to get infused with darkness and despair by hypnotic ritualistic rhythms in an almost quiet soothing way. Vocals like a blazing firestorm shroud you into the cries of a million tortured souls. Oppressive dark bass sounds and rhythmic chant like vocals numb your mind (or what’s left of it). Now and again seducing guitar parts and a kind of dark warm fuzzy and reverberating guitar and bass tone try to persuade you everything’s going to be alright.
The devil pushes every button, and he succeeds. After your seventy minute long visit in his house you’ll knock on the door again, since Cult of Occult’s first full length album HIC EST DOMUS DIABOLI is highly addictive.  Find it here.

10). CLUTCHEarth Rocker (Weathermaker Music)
Last Month: #4 [6], Months on chart: 2
Words by Justin Gish (Forte Radio Show, Heavy Planet)
The seasons may change but Clutch's presence on this chart will not. I listened to this album as I shoveled the last of the spring snow from my driveway. I'm still cranking Earth Rocker as I mow the lawn in the hot summer sun. In a few months I'll be giving you an update of what it's like to rake fallen leaves while blasting this beast.  Find it here.

11). KYLESAUltraviolet (Season of Mist)
Last Month: #23 [12], Months on chart: 2
Words by Blasting Dennis (Blasting Days)
Through the years Kylesa crafted their unique mid tempo sludge / doom with male /female vocals, tribal elements (a second drummer providing more percussions) and dark psychedelia. On the albums since Time will fuse its worth, they developed the more subtle side of their sound, using more melodies and focusing on building trippy atmospheres, with even some post-punk elements since Spiral shadow. Ultraviolet is their more sabbathian album to date, could also remind of Killing joke, but sounds like an excellent Kylesa album more than anything else.  Find it here.

12). CATHEDRALThe Last Spire (Rise Above)
Last Month: #18 [6], Months on chart: 2
Words by Joop Konraad (Stoner Hive)
The final call for Cathedral. The Last Spire is coming down to the wire. And even though they called it quits before; this time they seem to be resolute. And on their decisive salute they return to the doom metal with which it all started. And as ever they have those Cathedral choices on it that are weird, fun or annoying. Like some freaky keyboard or irritating laughter. Without those it would have been a grand tower of fable. But now it might crumble too soon like Babel and leave us with nothing but wreckage and ruins and memories of what was lost… Find it here.

13). JEX THOTHBlood Moon Rise (I Hate)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by Tony Van Dorston (Fast n’ Bulbous)
Jex Thoth remains just as mysterious a half dozen years since they first appeared as Totem.  After 2010's tantalizing but unsatisfying three song EP Witness, they've returned triumphant and better than ever with Blood Moon Rise. While Jex has proven in the past that she can deliver bluesy wails with the best of the Joplin acolytes, on this album her voice is recorded close and intimate to focus more on emotional nuances complimented by the eerie, psychedelic atmosphere.  For a band initially identified as doom metal, there's nothing that's exceptionally rocking on this album aside from the nicely thudding "The Places You Walk." But overall it feels plenty heavy due more to mood and arrangements more than brawn. Not surprisingly the most memorable cuts also have the stickiest vocal hooks ("The Divide," which is introduced by a satisfyingly plodding doom riff), and melodies ("Keep Your Weeds"). After a couple weeks listening though, just about every cut is a winner, definitely one of the most dynamic, varied albums of its kind this year, leaving me wanting more after every play. Now let's get to it and buy some albums and show they're appreciated here before they decide to permanently relocate to Scandinavia.  Find it here.

14). EGYPTBecome the Sun (Self-Released)
Last Month: #16 [2], Months on chart: 2
Words by LK Ultra
From the opening licks of "Matterhorn" Egypt serve up a steaming dish of southern groove that would not sound out of place on the Dazed and Confused soundtrack.  The bass tone is more in tune with the early 80s / late 70s with the gain turned way up and there's more dynamism in the drum work.  Not fast and thrashy but more uptempo, more BPMs, more filling in empty spaces with fills and a lot more ride as a general thing.  Even the vocals are more aggressive, smoke-blown and resonant.  That all said, it's not as though Egypt has dropped the doom from their repertoire altogether.  "Orb of the Wizardking", "Greenland" and "The Village is Silent" are all fine examples of the genre.  But as an overall impression after listening to the album, it seems as though there's more "Stalker"s than "Wizardkings" here and it may be that that's just the point.  By the time the album finishes, it's cuts like "Stalker", "Hillside" and "Matterhorn" that make the biggest impact, these are the songs that provide the stronger whispers ringing in the ears.  Find it here.

15). ROTE MAREThe Invocation / The Kingdom (Self-Released)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by Steve Miller (Temple of Perdition)
Rote Mare have continued to impress with their brand of traditional doom metal and their ability to navigate and include a variety of styles and influences without sacrificing cohesion. While it’s almost impossible to separate the two releases I find myself returning to ‘The Kingdom’ a bit more frequently. While it may be the stronger of the two it would now feel incomplete without its twin. Highly recommended for all doom aficionados  (originally posted on Temple of Perdition webzine, used with permission).  Find themhere.

16). COUGH / WINDHANDReflection of the Negative (Relapse)
Last Month: #14 [2], Months on chart: 2
Words by Cheryl Carter (Cvlt Nation, This Is Not a Scene, Metal Hammer)
There's gotta be something in the water over in Richmond, Virginia, because it seems as though every band that comes up from there has that little extra edge that makes them all the more appealing. Cough and Windhand are no exceptions to this rule (a rule I just made up to be honest) and the doomed electricity of their two distinctive sounds straddles different aspects of the genre whilst holding true to the absolute desolation of it all. Their split is one that draws you in and down into an abyss that's created by the ritualistic atmosphere of Cough's track and the smoky haze of Windhand's two offerings. Let the sacrifice commence.  Find it here.

17). SPACE WITCHThe Alchemy Paradox (Self-Released)
Last Month: #75 [58], Months on chart: 2
Words by Aaron Pickford (Sludgelord)
Well for me, Space Witch kind of reflects what Sludgelord is all about: an unknown bringing it big time, nothing fancy just fat riffs, full of hooks and packed full of variety, dispelling the myth that instrumental music is boring.  Honestly, the opening riff kicks you in the guts and if you ain't got riffs, you ain't got shit.  Space Witch have got whatever it is in spades.  It's bands like Space Witch that make me embrace the sludge stoner doom scene and the underground scene in equal measure.  Probably best £2 you spend in this month or any other for that matter.
It's not a science, just killer riffs.

18). DEVILGather the Sinners (Soulseller)
Last Month: #8 [10], Months on chart: 2
Words by Joop Konraad (Stoner Hive)
Obscure and retro gold, triumphant returns to the demonic sounds of old. Devil too, stomps back to those wonderful days in the sixties and the seventies when the almighty riff blew everyone away. On Gather the Sinners the Norwegians move through those timelayers with definite prowess and implore a little bit of NWOBHM yore and set a straight course for the absolute molten lava middle of the earth. Straight on, straight on it goes.  Find it here.

19). ALICE IN CHAINSThe Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Capitol)
Last Month: #60 [41], Months on chart: 2
Words by LK Ultra
I’ve been reading some bad reviews of this album online.  Mostly, the criticism centers around the band’s lack of ‘growth’.  This is surely a symptom of the internet age where the entire earthly canon of art, film, literature and music is available for free without any effort at all so that the only way an album can truly stand out is if it makes a huge deal about doing so.  Alice in Chains don’t do that.  Furthermore they don’t need to.  They just deliver another incredibly consistent effort of killer tunes in their idiosyncratic style.  Like the band, like the album.  Not every band needs to break the mold every damn time, least of all a well established act who have been at it for 25 years.  Find it here.

20). MAGIC CIRCLEMagic Circle (Self-Released)
Last Month: #43 [23], Months on chart: 2
Words by LK Ultra
Despite their placement on this chart, something tells me that Magic Circle is the best kept secret in the world of Doom today.  Energetic and epic doom, who can argue with that?  This mass of Massachusetts based former hardcorigans weave a muscular spell of buff wizardry.  Who says this isn’t the petulant Paranoid Age of pituary epic doom?  Find it here.

21). WITCHES OF GODThe Blood of Others (Self-Released)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by Jeff Warren (Broken Beard)
If you've ever wondered what it might sound like if someone finally turned LA's sunset strip into a dark alley of switchblade fights and 2 am skull fucking seances, then wonder no more, because Witches of God are throwin' out glitzy spells of death rawk and sleaze doom that ought to bring the City of Angels to its scabby knees. Their debut, The Blood of Others, is so fucking glorious I want to cry; monumental yet morbid riffs; swanky yet slithery solos, glamorous yet psychedelic dynamics; a shameless fusion of Big Elf, Turbonegro, Alice Cooper, and Pentagram that makes heavy music magic. Hell, as if it wasn't great enough already, The Blood of Others even features guest appearances by Wino and Eddie Solis, and the song "Higher Than the Heavens" is a tribute to Piggy! These guys do it more right than I could have ever thought possible (originally posted on facebook, used with permission).  Find it here.

22). LA CHINGALa Chinga (Self-Released)
Last Month: #48 [26], Months on chart: 2
Words by Jeff Warren (Broken Beard)
It's never a good idea to make assumptions, but it's always a good idea to break the rules, so I'm gonna go ahead and assume the Canadian power trio La Chinga are highly influenced by the following: flashy hogs, painted vans, outer space and all of its asteroids and nebulas, extreme levels of voltage, chicks in bikinis, skunky denim, Grand Funk Railroad, 80s arcade games, warm beer, good weed, dusty boots, lighting fires (and then pissing them out), Led Zeppelin, back porches, roller derby, beards (obviously), gringo outlaws, tigers in sunglasses, Frank Frazetta, and amplified freedom. One assumption I do not need to make, however, is that their new self-titled album is completely and utterly bad-ass to its boogie n' groove core. This is pure summer lovin' hard rock dripping with enough country and blues notes to lift you up and fly you to the center of the sun on good time wings. Fuck yes, brothers and sisters. Fuck yes (originally posted on facebook, used with permission).  Find it here.

23). SCORPION CHILDScorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by LK Ultra
Skateboards and mustaches grind on the rails of classic rock to produce something that could easily squeeze into spandex but finds a comfortable old pair of jeans instead.  Scorpion Child goes beyond hearkening back to the days of classic rock and have produced something truly classic.  They work hard, they play hard, they rock hard and they even ballad harder than most.  With a bit of luck, and if there’s any hope left for humanity, this is the future of rock n roll right here.  Findit here.

24). AGE OF TAURUSDesperate Souls of Tortured Times (Rise Above)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by Justin Gish (Forte Radio Show, Heavy Planet)
I feel like this band gets lost in the Rise Above shuffle. So while other bands on the label are getting more press than Age of Taurus, I dare you to produce one that rocks as hard. Or dooms as slow. Or wears more denim. No costumes here folks, just denim. And beards.  See the album review here.  Find the album here.

25). WO FAT / EGYPTCyclopean Riffs (Totem Cat)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1
Words by Justin Gish (Forte Radio Show, Heavy Planet)
How long should a split last? You figure four songs ought to add up to what, 20 minutes, max? This one clocks in around 40 amazing minutes, almost an album's worth of tunes from Wo Fat and Egypt. Pick this one up to hear two future HEAVYweights of underground rock and you'll be sure to get your money's worth.  Find the album here.

26). DEMON EYE – Demon Eye (Self Released)
Last Month: #15 [11], Months on chart: 2 / Link
27). BEASTWARS – Blood Becomes Fire (Self Released / Destroy)
Last Month: #6 [21], Months on chart: 2 / Link
28). KRÖWNNHyborian Age (Self-Released)
Last Month: #12 [16], Months on chart: 2 / Link
29). BLACK PYRAMID – Adversarial (Hydro-Phonics)
Last Month: #9 [20], Months on chart: 2 / Link
30). REVELATION – Inner Harbor (Self-Released / Shadow Kingdom)
Last Month: #70 [40], Months on chart: 2 / Link
31). GOZU – The Fury of a Patient Man (Small Stone)
Last Month: #30 [1], Months on chart: 2 / Link
32). FUNERAL CIRCLE – Funeral Circle (Self-Released)
Last Month: #24 [8], Months on chart: 2 / Link
33). BLACK WIZARD – Young Wisdom (Self-Released)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1 / Link
34). NAAM – Vow (Tee Pee)
Last Month: #69 [35], Months on chart: 2 / Link
35). COLTSBLOOD – Beyond the Lakes of Madness (Self-Released)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1 / Link
36). DEMON LUNG – The Hundredth Name (Candlelight)
Last Month: #25 [11], Months on chart: 2 / Link
37). IRON TONGUE – The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown (Neurot)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1 / Link
38). KINGS DESTROY – A Time of Hunting (War Crime)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1 / Link
39). SHROUD EATER – Dead Ends EP (The Path Less Traveled)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1 / Link
40). PYRES – Year of Sleep (Granite House Records)
Last Month: #- [-], Months on chart: 1 / Link

A rousing ovation for this month's contributors:
Aaron Pickford [The Sludgelord], Astral Doom, Bill Goodman [The Soda Shop], Cameron Crichton [Motherslug], Cheryl Carter [Cvlt Nation], Chris Markwell [The Sludgelord], Clint [Hand of Doom Radio], Dennis [Blasting Days], Edward Gane [Amplifier Worship], Gruesome Greg [Hellbound], Haris [Welcome to the Void], Jeff Warren [Broken Beard], Joel [Hell Comes Home Records], Joop Konraad [Stoner Hive], Justin Gish [Forte], Katharina Pfeiffer [Psychorizon], LK Ultra, Lyk [Phantasmagoria], Mats Florstam [Ozium Records], Matt Fitton [The Sludgelord], Nuclear Dog [Heavy Planet], Pat Harrington [Electric Beard of Doom], Phil Howlett [Rote Mare], Rod Reinhart [Captain Beyond Zen], Soggy Bob [Soggy Bog of Doom], Steph Le Seux [Temple of Perdition], Steve Howe [The Sludgelord], Steve Miller [Temple of Perdition], Todd Severin [Ripple Music], Tony Van Dorston [Fast n' Bulbous], Ulla Roschat [The Wicked Lady Show]

Thank you all!!!!!

See last month's Super Doom Chart


  1. Damn fine list! And a couple I have not heard yet. Need to check them out.

  2. Nice! For a nice addendum to the 13 blurb, here's the suitably epic, definitive review of that album by Nate Carson of Witch Mountain -

  3. Remember to report broken links here. There seems to be a snafu with the formatting. I've already gone back a fixed about ten busted links.


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