Stoner-Doom royalty Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, Stoner, Dwarves, Death Machine, ex- Kyuss, Queens of The Stone Age) will release a new album, N.O. Hits At All Volume 7 compilation on Heavy Psych Sounds, July 2nd. Jam out to “I Am Your Sun” right now.
While the core sound behind Book Of Wyrms has always been a balance between Doom Metal and Space Rock, their third album sees the band committing much more to the latter. Occult New Age (Desert Records) retains the methodical tempos and some of the beefy riffs of 2019’s Remythologizer but ultimately devotes its atmospheric ends to lighter textures and looser structures. The heavier sequences have more in common than Kyuss than Cathedral and their underlying Hawkwind influence had previously never been highlighted to this extent.
Stoner Rock disciples Spirit Mother will participate in the latest edition of Live In The Mojave Desert: Vol.1-5 this weekend for Vol. 3 alongside giants and fellow rising stars in the series such Earthless, Nebula, Mountain Tamer, and Stoner (March 20)—the new project from Ex-Kyuss members Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri. Watch this trailer featuring Spirit Mother “Space Cadets” now!
Kyuss continues to cast a large shadow over the stoner doom scene that is perpetual and ever-changing. This truth is no more certain than the shadow they cast over themselves and having to live up the expectations they set. Coming out of nowhere (really the Palm Desert in California), the band set the template for the genre with Blues For The Red Sun (Dali) and Welcome To Sky Valley (Elecktra), but were always going to be hard-pressed to keep that pace. Looking back on their final album And The Circus Leaves Town (Elecktra), it may have not have lived up to its lofty older sisters, but it has some gems that maybe were not appreciated at the time since the band was disintegrating. Continue reading
The infamous Welcome To Sky Valley highway sign, from the classic Kyuss album of the same name from 1994, was almost stolen this week. The sign is located on Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs, California and frequently sees fans drive by to visit the place that birthed Kyuss and really the entire Palm Desert scene movement. In a post to Facebook, Kyuss member Scott Reeder shared about how vandals tried to steal the sign this week and added a photo of him repairing the sign. Crazy. Continue reading
If Brant Bjork were to be run over by a bus – or presumably a greyhound on a remote stretch of road near Palm Springs – he could gladly croak, safe in the knowledge that his legacy is already more or less set in stone. Well, he did drum in Kyuss, and then there is the small matter of classic Desert Rock solo albums like 1999’s Jalamanta (Duna Rock)…Continue reading
We might be in the run-up to Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop rocking. Finland’s Craneium have dropped a new album that will warm the heart and dispel the winter blues.
New release The Narrow Line (Ripple Music) is the second album from this Finnish quartet. Continue reading
Formed in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, doomsters Holy Grove follow-up their 2016 debut Holy Grove (Heavy Psych Sounds) with the rather imaginatively titled Holy Grove II (Ripple Music). Thankfully, the music contained on this weighty slab of metal is far more inventive than its moniker, as the band delivers five mighty tracks of absorbing progressive Cosmic Doom.Continue reading
Along with his Kyuss bandmates, Brant Bjork helped create and define Desert Rock. And, across a dozen more solo albums, he has stayed largely in the comfy confines of hazy, laid back stonerisms. Mankind Woman (Heavy Psych Sounds/RidingEasy), the man’s latest effort, feels like a man happy to jam whatever he’s fancies and put it out there.Continue reading
Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Brant Bjork And The Bros, Low Desert Punk Band) will release the next chapter in his prolific career with a new solo album next month, Mankind Woman, on September 14 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Jam a new single from Brant, ‘Swagger & Sway’, right now!Continue reading