Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Doom Chart: Most Paranoid Songs of 01/01/14

Top 25 Songs
#). Song Title (artist/album)
  1. Ride to Ruin (Hollow Leg / Abysmal)
  2. Madness! (Space God Ritual / Eldritch Tales)
  3. Champions (Sandrider / Godhead)
  4. Queen of the Black Harvest (Ice Dragon / Steel Veins single)
  5. Sin revolución no hay evolución (At Devil Dirt / Plan B: Sin Revolución no hay Evolución)
  6. Sinistra (Wounded Giant / Lightning Medicine)
  7. Echoes in the Void (Black Skies / digital single)
  8. Robotic Invasion (Fu Manchu / split single w/ Moab)
  9. Frown Curve (March the Desert / Waves on the Moon EP)
  10. Fall Through (Maze of Roots / 2013)
  11. Leadersheep (Saturn / Ascending)
  12. The Seeker (Doctor Smoke / Demo 2013)***
  13. Behold, The Annunaki (Brimstone Coven / II)***
  14. Oblivion (Switchblade Jesus / Myelin Constellation)
  15. Ruler of Dust (Moon Coven / Amanita Kingdom)
  16. High Priestess (Black Majik Acid / ST)***
  17. Black C (Black Skies / Circadian Meditations)
  18. Gary's Graveyard (Smoke / ST)
  19. Invisible To See (Space Mushroom Fuzz / Stealing Some Time)
  20. Come Samhain (Zodiac / digital single)
  21. Slave the Hive (High on Fire / digital single)
  22. Dead Friends (Doomriders / Grand Blood)
  23. Dawn Rising (Red Fang / Whales & Leeches)
  24. Battalion of Zero (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals / Walk Through Exits Only)***
  25. Gunslinger (Valley of the Sun / Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk)***
*** New Song

Outgoing songs:
By Endurance We Conquer (Argus / Beyond the Martyrs)
Monster of the Highway (Black Rainbows / Holy Moon EP)
Forevermore (Old Man Wizard / Unfavorable)
*Last Prediction (Dozer / Vultures EP)
Tears of Blood (Tombstone / Evil Seed single)
PARANOID Spotlight on:
It's taken forever for "Slave The Hive", the new one-off single by High on Fire to break through in this paranoid mind of mine.  I first heard it on and downloaded it from the Scion A/V page where it's available for free [see link in song listing #21 on this week's chart], and thought, "well, this is okay.  But just okay."  It took months for the song to even enter the Doom Chart but it's been on for two weeks now and it's starting to gain traction.  If nothing else, it's a new High on Fire song, and how the hell can I argue with that, the Oakland trio were one of the main reasons I got into this kind of music in the first place and it turns out, after sticking with the song I've come to realize that "Slave the Hive" gives me everything I liked about High on Fire in the first place.  The band reminds me of Motörhead in that they just rock from beginning to end with no mercy.  "Slave the Hive" is just another piledriver in the deck, and that's not a bad thing when you think about it.

The song has been released on a 7" single which was available on the band's recent Scion sponsored North American tour.  It's also the band's first one-off single since the release of "Speak in Tongues", which was a leftover track from the 'Snakes for the Divine' album sessions [listen/download it here].  As far as I know, it's also frontman/guitarist Matt Pike's first new song to be written and released since committing to a sober lifestyle, despite my estimation that the song may be an average High on Fire song (which is still way above the common average), the band seems to have lost none of it's edge.

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