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I feel like I hastily passed this over at one time on Bandcamp, only to have it start showing up repeatedly in my Spotify mix playlists until I had heard enough to realize what a stoner rock gem this album is. If I’d heard it sooner it would have easily made my favorite albums of 2019 list!
Cincinnati’s Valley of the Sun shows off a range of styles beyond the typical fuzz rock outing on Old Gods, their third full length album. At times sounding like QUOTSA, and at others like a Tool-influenced King Buffalo, this album ranges from heavy fuzz rock to light, wistful instrumentals that could have been outtakes from Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies.
If you’re a fan of Lowrider, King Buffalo, ASG and the like, you should stop what you’re doing right now and check out Old Gods.
Standout Tracks: Old Gods, Dim Vision, Gaia Creates
I’m going to be honest, I thought I had already made this my Pick of the Week. I’d been intending to since it came out in earlier this year, but other great albums just kept dropping to the point where I didn’t realize I hadn’t spread the word about this killer album!
Louisiana’s Forming the Void has been unleashing their special brand of “prog-metal” for years, starting with their auspicious debut Relic in 2015. Their last full length, Rift, was a contender for one of my favorite albums of 2018.
Their latest psych rock full length, Reverie, has a relentless confidence that sounds like it doesn’t care if you listen or not, while it relentlessly drives its way into your subconscious.
Standout tracks: Onward Through the Haze, Trace the Omen
Let this one get under your skin.
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While there are definitely some worthy new releases that could get my vote for Pick of the Week right now, I’m having too much fun listening to Dead Rock Commandos by Nightstalker to not upvote it this week.
Nightstalker is a stoner metal band from Athens, Greece, and songs from this killer 2012 full length album keep popping up in my Spotify.
Probably because I dig Puta Volcano so much, this and a couple other great Greek rock and roll bands like Villagers of Ioannina City find their way into my Daily Mix playlists constantly. I love it.
Standout tracks: Dead Rock Commandos, Go Get Some. Check out the title track from Dead Rock Commandos and get hooked like me!