I came, I saw, I bought the whole digital discography! Another gem in a long string of semi-random finds from either YouTube recommendations, Bandcamp feeds, or the actual ‘you gotta hear this!’ posts in the Waveriders FaceBook group I belong to. (In this case, the latter.)
Puta Volcano from Athens, Greece is a heavy blues band with one foot in the Stoner Rock genre, just great heavy rock that grabs you by the hair and bangs your head while you trip.
I am absolutely loving this new wave of heavy female fronted bands. I can’t stop listening to the likes of High Priestess, Holy Grove, Witchcryer, Year of the Cobra, and countless others that have all seemingly suddenly come into their own. And yes I am 100% tossing Puta Volcano into this list, all hail the queens!
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The funky former drummer for legendary stoner rock band Kyuss has been steadily making 70s influenced groove rock for years, and his latest effort, Mankind Woman, may be his best. Thick and rich like the chocolate referenced in the killer opener “Chocolatize”, this album sways and swaggers with the best of them.
Mankind Woman was largely written by Bjork and longtime friend & fellow desert rocker Bubba Dupree, and includes guest appearances by Nick Oliveri and Sean Wheeler. If this came out in June instead of September it could have been a contender for album of the summer. It will make you move.
Standout tracks: “Chocolatize”, “Pisces”, “1968”. This is the soundtrack of the funky revolution.
Find the album here on Heavy Psych Sounds’ Bandcamp
Brant Bjork on the web:
Don’t let the album cover or the fact that this band is from Sweden fool you, this is not death metal by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it’s an album of pure blues-based heavy rock in the vein of The Sword, early Iron Maiden, Dio-era Black Sabbath, with some Wolfmother thrown in for good measure. It has a great 70s metal vibe from start to finish.
Nekromant (formerly Serpent) recently signed to Ripple Music, a small but mighty label known for hand picking the best up and coming pysch, stoner and heavy rock. The Nekromant Lives is the third album from the heavy metal trio and the first on Ripple. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future!
Standout tracks: The Nekromant Lives, Scorpio, Blood for Walpurgis. Available on Bandcamp and from Ripple Records.
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