The end of 2020 saw a surprise and bittersweet release from the legendary Samsara Blues Experiment, who announced that this latest full length album End Of Forever will be their swan song.
This German psychedelic experimental electric blues trio have been going strong since they began their journey in Berlin in 2007. They gained widespread acclaim with their 2010 album Long Distance Trip, cementing themselves into stoner rock lore with their own special brand of transcendent psych rock.
End of Forever takes you on a trip through time and space, flirting with influences from 60s acid rock to 70s prog through modern psych rock, sprinkling mellotron pads, spacey synths, and other dreamy effects throughout its guitar jam journey. Sad to see the end, but glad to be along for the ride and enjoy the legacy of this timeless trio.
I’m not sure what it is, but I keep finding these great heavy bands coming out of Italy and Greece, like Messa, Puta Volcano, and now Villagers of Ioannina City from — of course — Ioannina City, Greece. I wouldn’t necessarily call it stoner or psych rock, it’s really just King Buffalo style majestic, epic rock and roll.
Self-described as ‘post-rock with a dose of Greek folk traditional music’, Villagers of Ioannina City have delivered with their second full-length album a masterful opus of sweeping rock soundscapes that subtly incorporates elements of traditional Greek folk music into its heavy tales of gods and the grandeur of nature and history. If you like epic, majestic rock, give this a spin.
If, like me, you dig the current 70s-style proto-metal resurgence and can’t get enough cowbell, you will definitely dig Witchers Creed.
This Swedish foursome sounds like they were pried out of a time capsule fully formed and rocking hard.
Bassist Emil Bjällerhag drives the band with his Geezer inspired rumble, with Charlie Rangstedt completing the battery, under the heavy stoner style riffage of guitarist Filip Andersson and complemented by the passionate melodic vocals of Dennis Blohm Hedlund.
Awakened From the Tomb could easily be a lost album from the late 60s or early 70s, and is nothing but straight ahead fun rock and roll with a Sabbath edge. Check it!
Standout tracks: Witchers Creed, Depths of the Black Void, Raven’s Claw, Larissa