More than a few people have called this one of the best heavy releases of 2018, and for good reason! The first full length album from San Francisco Bay Area supergroup The Watchers is a killer collection of doomy riffage that is a must have for any fan of Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Black Label Society. Mixed by legendary Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth), Black Abyss is essentially a future classic full of solid songs and heavy riffs.
Vocalist Tim Narducci (Spiralarms, White Witch Canyon) sings of aliens, lust, and alienation accompanied by the understated guitar fury of Jeremy Von Epp (BlackGates), over the beefy battery provided by Cornbread (Spiralarms, White Witch Canyon) and Carter Kennedy (Orchid).
Standout tracks: Black Abyss, Buzzard, Seven Tenets. A video is on the way for Seven Tenets.
Catch The Watchers this weekend at the Maryland Doom Fest with labelmates and local favorites ZED!
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ASG is one of those bands that if you know, you know. I’ve been into them since MySpace and they have a habit of disappearing and reappearing unexpectedly. Case in point – they just surprise dropped their first album in five years, just in time for a little poolside headbanging!
Hailing from North Carolina, ASG and their brand of punky modern heavy guitar rock evolves and matures with new Relapse Records album Survive Sunrise, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet). Standout tracks: Survive Sunrise, Lightning Song, Heavy Scars, Weekend Money.
Run, don’t walk to get this one, going to be one of the heavy albums of the summer!
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Stone Temple Pilots have returned with a fresh energy along with new singer Jeff Gutt, whose vocals and delivery are nearly indistinguishable from the late Scott Weiland. This new self-titled album sounds like it could have been recorded right after “Tiny Music…” and sounds frankly even more similar to the better “Vol. 4” that preceded it.
Full of fire and great songs like “Meadow”, “Thought She’d Be Mine”, “Roll Me Under”, and the Beatles-y “Never Enough”, they suddenly sound like a band at the top of their game with something to prove. And they prove it. This album is all killer, no filler. The DeLeo Brothers and drummer Eric Kretz are playing with what seems like a renewed energy, and Jeff Gutt channels his best Scott impression to make this the next step they were never able to take before. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and it does not disappoint!
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