Monday 31 July 2023

Silverburn - Self Induced Transcendental Annihilation (Album Review)

Release Date: August 11th 2023. Record Label: MSH Music Group. Formats: CD/DD/Cassette

Self Induced Transcendental Annihilation: Tracklisting

1.Annihilation 02:22

2.Formless Atomization of Omniscient Particulate 03:52

3.Vita Potentia Animus

4.Pain Body (Torn From Auric Field)


6.The Unrelenting Will of Boundless Immortality

7.Etheric Crush

8.Bathe In Fire


Jimbob Isaac - Everything


Self Induced Transcendental Annihilation is the debut album from Sludge/Hardcore/Doom/Thrashers Silverburn otherwise known as the new project from Welsh Legend Jimbob Issac of TAINT and HARK fame. This album is quite a different beast compared to TAINT and HARK with Jimbob operating with a more Thrash/Hardcore aggressive sound. The album is very fast-paced with the onslaught of Thrash/Sludge Metal grooves. There's an epic sense of adventure from Silverburn despite the short thirty minute runtime of the album.

Jimbob does cover a lot of creative ground on this album with harsh vocals throughout and it's an almost different vocal style from Jimbob when he unleashes a more sinister presence to his vocal styles compared to his previous bands. The music is mostly Hardcore/Thrash based with Jimbob's trademark Sludge/Stoner/Doom quickfire grooves being there for everyone to hear. The music is more abrasive here and if TAINT were around to this day then I can see this being the type of band they would ultimately become. The songs are superbly constructed that allows Jimbob to play an wicked array of different gloomier riffs with bleak sounding Psychedelic textures.

The album contains a wealth of first rate lyrics and heavy Progressive sludgy jams especially on tracks such as Annihilation, Formless Atomization Of Omniscient Particulate and Vita Potentia Animus. Silverburn moves along at such a violent and breakneck speed you can easily be forgiven for wanting to take a rest with this album. However, Jimbob's ferocious and breathtaking performance throughout the album will keep you along for the ride. The music is more real when the grooves become heavier and progressive on tracks such as Vita Potentis Animus, Pain Body (Torn From Auric Field) and Sulacreality.

The later stages is where Jimbob lets fly with some epic CAVE-IN and MASTODON inspired Progressive Sludge Metal sounds whilst still offering his own refreshing style of music that remains highly original and absolutely essential in its own right. With a neverending arsenal of different grooves, Self Induced Transcendental Annihilation has allowed Jimbob to rediscover his musical creative zest that he showed with both TAINT and HARK for an album that makes him an essential part of the Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal scene that he's served brilliantly over the last 30 years. 

Self Induced Transcendental Annihilation is an absolute RAGER in every sense of the word. Silverburn could be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come especially with the band now performing live gigs in the near future. They have the songs to pulverise anything that stands in their way and release an album that could become one of the most essential albums you need to listen to this year. This is a must have album and I'm glad to have Jimbob Isaac back making great albums such as this.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to For The Lost PR for the promo.

Self Induced Transcendental Annihilation will be available to buy on CD/DD/Cassette via MSH Music Group from August 11th 2023.


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Saturday 29 July 2023

MAIRU - Sol Cultus (Album Review)

Release Date: July 28th 2023. Record Label: Trepanation Records. Formats: CD/DD/Cassette

MAIRU: Tracklisting

1. Torch Bearer [9:03]

2. Perihelion [6:26]

3. Inter Alia [1:02]

4. Wild Darkened Eyes [5:29]

5. The Scattering Dust [8:12]

6. Per Alia [1:38]

7. Atar [6:39]

8. Rite Of Embers [10:27]


Alan Caulton - Guitar, piano and vocals

 Ben Davis - Drums and synths

Dan Hunt - Bass and vocals

Ant Hurlock - Guitar and vocals


Sol Cultus is the debut album from UK Sludge/Post-Metallers MAIRU and it sees the band take creative themes used by bands such as Cult Of Luna, BOSSK, TOOL, Deftones, The Ocean and ISIS though still having that ice cold steely atmosphere that UK Post-Metal bands use within their music. MAIRU are perhaps way more Psychedelic with their music being more COSMIC based with the free-flowing Ambient Post-Rock attitudes that MAIRU ultimately conveys.

Opening song Torch Bearer drifts from Instrumental Post-Metal passages to ice-cold Sludge Metal grooves with harsh vocals to match. The Ambient and Sonic progressive moments allow MAIRU to deliver a more extreme vocal delivery for this song though they’re quite easy to follow and understand. The subtle switching from Post-Rock to Atmospheric Sludge is intense with the band operating with a mid-2000’s Post-Metal edge that slowly builds into uplifting Ambient instrumental passages before returning to the heavier Doomed Out attitude that allows the band to rival UK Sludge/Post-Metallers Hundred Year Old Man in the heavy volume department

Second song Perihelion is a heavier instrumental style of Post-Metal that PELICAN are known for but with a twinge of Prog Metal that allows MAIRU to hold their own against the legendary bands of the scene. The subtle use of Post-Rock flavours and Ambient Metal creates a stunning QUIET vs LOUD aesthetic where the music is constantly transforming into something far greater especially when the HEAVY PROGRESSIVE sounds appear. The clever use of Psychedelic textures is what makes this song truly standout and perhaps become one of the standout tracks on the album with many anthemic sounds to lose yourself in.

Third song Inter Alia is a quietly played and subdued Ambient/Piano number that sadly doesn’t offer much to the album but it’s a superbly played little number to show a different side to MAIRU.

Fourth song Wild Darkened Eyes sees MAIRU dwell in the same creative theatre that Cult Of Luna and The Ocean Collective made their names with. The vocals are more violent and offer a bleak desolate attitude for the atmospheric sludgy guitars becoming more DOOM & GLOOM along the way. MAIRU still add moments of slowly played Post-Rock before returning with a buoyant distorted style of Psychedelic Sludge Metal with flashes of TOOL-esque sounds heard on the later stages of the album.

Fifth song The Scattering Dust continues with the bleak and cinematic based Post-Rock soundscapes that evolves into a majestic style of Post-Doom/Atmospheric Sludge extended guitars. The music has a stunning “BATTLING AGAINST THE ELEMENTS” approach throughout with the band playing some of the most uplifting sounds on the album. The vocals are used sparingly with that subtle style of  “instrumental” delivery being used for the majority of the album. MAIRU do switch things around for a more Progressive feel to this song but it allows the band to play some of the heaviest moments of the album.

The final three songs Per Alia, Atar and Rite Of Embers sees MAIRU venture further into the theatre of Post-Metal with the band playing a more direct style of music with trippy moments of aggressive atmospheric energy on tracks such as Atar and Rites Of Ember. The music is quite complex with a harsh instrumental backdrop allowing the band to deliver their own uncompromising style of Atmospheric Sludge Metal that demands your undivided attention.

Sol Cultus is an epic release from MAIRU and could allow the band to become one of the most important bands (along with Hundred Year Old Man) within the UK Sludge/Post-Metal scene in the years to come. 

Sol Cultus remains a spellbinding, beautifully played and wonderfully complex album that MAIRU deserves all the plaudits hopefully coming their way.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Frenchie PR for the promo.

Sol Cultus is available to buy on CD/DD/Cassette now from Trepanation Recordings.


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Marijuana Johnson - Reefer Chamber (Album Review)

Release Date: July 28th 2023. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: CD/DD

Reefer Chamber: Tracklisting

1.Reefer Chamber 05:34

2.Mountain High 04:27

3.Glass Brain 05:40

4.Every Day 01:24

5.My Weight (In Bud) 04:11

6.Red 05:02


Ashley Ashbrook - Guitar, Vocals

Matt Clark - Bass, Vocals

Elliott Harrell - Drums, Background Vocals


Doom/Stoner Rockers Marijuana Johnson return after a two and a half year absence with their new album Reefer Chamber. As with their last album, Gem City Kush, Marijuana Johnson standout from the overcrowded WEEDIAN scene by exploring areas of Hard Rock and Punk Rock for a more fleshed out sound. The album is mostly powered by those powerful SABBATHIAN fumes with a classic style of Hard Rock that sees elements of Blue Cheer, Led Zepp and the mighty SLEEP appearing on this album.

There’s a great sense of humour appearing within this album which reminds me of BONGZILLA and WEEDEATER that did appear within their previous album. This album has a more free-flowing Classic Rock attitude with the Punk Rock vocals being the icing on the cake. Marijuana Johnson offer a “NO FRILLS” blend of Doom/Stoner Rock and it’s a refreshing change of style especially on the excellent opening tracks of Reefer Chamber and Mountain High. 

Marijuana Johnson seem they’ve taken creative influence from the legendary “anti-weed” films such as Reefer Madness with the opening two tracks explaining the benefits of the mighty weed but told with a “not so serious” narrative and attitude appearing mostly within Reefer Chamger. The grooves have a certain “LO-FI” edge which makes Marijuana Johnson music more appealing to the Stoner masses. 

The added use of subtle humour comes into play more on Mountain High and Glass Brain where the band go more Doomedelic with some of the most haziest and laidback sounds appearing on Glass Brain. This track feels like it has come from a different band but there’s a wonderful sense of familiarity when the heavy FUZZED grooves appear for some of the best sounds on the album.

There’s some epic levels of Electric Wizard inspired HEAVINESS within this album which Marijuana Johnson explores to their full advantage but with rebellious Punk Rock identity appearing on tracks Glass Brain, My Weight (In Bud) and Red. 

Reefer Chamber has superbly realised production values that allows Marijuana Johnson to play a wide array of different Hard Rock themes whilst being a KICK-ASS Doom/Stoner Rock album within its own right. The album never takes itself too seriously and proves why Marijuana Johnson are one of the most fun and highly energetic bands within the Stoner Rock scene.

This album is an absolute blast of sublime grooves from start to finish. Plain and simple.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Marijuana Johnson for the promo.


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Lay Bare Recordings Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

July 27, 2013, marks the day that the very first Lay Bare Recordings release became reality. You can see me hand-numbering #001 on Mos Generator’s album ‘Live in Concert’ on the picture below. :)

Today, 10 years later and working on the 52nd release, I still feel truly humbled to continue releasing such great music from bands all over the world. This can only happen by the support of you, the music aficionados, music fans from everywhere.

To honor your valuable support over the past 10 years, I have prepared some unique offers for you!


Killer classics for €15, €10 or less! A celebration offer especially for you vinyl lover for a limited time. Hurry up the stock is limited!



As the party goes on Lay Bare is thrilled to launch the pre-orders for Mojo & the Kitchen Brothers -  Flaming Tiger Lizard EP and
debut full length Mojo's Heavy Cream.

"Mojo & the Kitchen Brothers is a 5-headed omnium gatherum of eclectically inspired music freaks from Belgium cooking up a late 60’s early 70’s mix of heavy progrock soaked in psychedelia. Catchy tunes, proggy riffs, deafening drums, roaring basslines and spacy, triple-guitar jams take you on a journey through the limbo between past and present." 

- The Mars Volta meet Electric Wizard.
As for our 10th Anniversary you can pre-order now their EP, LP or both together in a super nice priced package!

Immerse yourself in this fascinating experience of the sound of these very vibrant Belgian Indie group and pre-order 'Flaming Tiger Lizard EP' and 'Mojo's Heavy Cream' now! 

It's been a crazy ride these 10 years of releasing amazing albums and it’s highly appreciated that you dig what Lay Bare does!

Thank you for your ongoing support and there will be a lot of other news about the upcoming releases: Sister May, RRRags, Bismut, MODDER & SEVERANT in the upcoming weeks and this fall. So sit up and remain alert!

The numbers are limited, so don’t wait too long to order!


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Italian Psychedelic Stoner Rockers DESERT WAVE sign to ARGONAUTA RECORDS; “Deafening Silence” Vinyl Edition out in November

DESERT WAVE was formed in 2016, when Drugo (drums) and Logan (bass) were already playing in a Doom Metal band to then they decided to break away and form their own that had a psychedelic/stonerstyle. After placing an ad looking for a guitarist, Burton immediately showed up and the musical understanding started right away. Their musical influences on the other hand were quite similar, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 70's hard rock, Seattle grunge, up to the granite desert sound of Kyuss.

With "Deafening Silence" they wanted a more psychedelic sound than their 2017 debut “Lost in Dunes”, much more like the long jam sessions played in the rehearsal room. And after its release in November 2022, the album received an high praise both from public and critics, with top reviews and positive feedback within the whole community.

The songs were born during the pandemic. In Italy it was something that deeply marked the band. Like everyone else, they spent several weeks at home, while the empty streets generated a ghostly and disturbing silence. Even Logan's lyrics are a bit dark and gloomy and on "Endless Night," Logan's voice carries that ghostly presence that loomed over us all. Drugo designed the cover and the artwork, as a tribute to Blade Runner movies. In both films, as in the songs on the album, there was the same feeling of foreboding that hovered in a dystopian future, in which not all the answers are clear and many questions are still unanswered. Burton's powerful guitar riffs echo in this unreal silence, sometimes increasing the sense of restlessness, other times instead, in the more psychedelic parts, they create a crescendo of impotence and inevitability that totally invades you and from which you cannot escape.

“Deafening Silence” will be re-released on Colored Vinyl Edition by ARGONAUTA Records, featuring two exclusive bonus tracks and available on November 10th, 2023

Preorders are up here:

This is stuff highly recommended if you like King Buffalo, Somali Yacht Club, Stoned Jesus, My Sleeping Karma.


Heavy psychedelic rock legends NEBULA announce extensive European fall tour; more festival appearances confirmed!

Legendary Californian heavy psych rockers NEBULA return to Europe this fall with an extensive tour including appearances at Desertfest Belgium, Up In Smoke Festival and Heavy Psych Sounds Fest.

Fired up by their two-month spring tour, the godfathers of modern heavy psychedelia NEBULA are set to take over Europe again this September and October, with no less than 30 shows across the old continent! The trio fronted by guitar legend Eddie Glass will keep supporting their 2022 album "Transmission From Mothership Earth" (Heavy Psych Sounds Records), hailed as "eight summer feel-good hits that are destined to destroy your speakers" by Metal Hammer Magazine and felt "like cruising through a cosmic desert" according to Metal Injection editors. Prepare to embark on a groove-drenched cruise...


28/09-2023 It Bologna - Freakout
29/09/2023 It Savona - Raindogs
30/09/2023 Ch Pratteln - Up In Smoke Festival
03/10/2023 Es Leon - Babylon
04/10/2023 Pt Porto - Woodstock 69
05/10/2023 Pt Lisbon - Rca Club
06/10/2023 Es Jerez De La Frontiera - La Guarida Del Angel
07/10/2023 Es Tabernas - Desert Rock Fest
08/10/2023 Es Madrid - Wurlitzer Ballroom
Mo 09/10/2023 Es - Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
10/10/2023 Fr Capbreton - Le Circus
11/10/2023 Fr Nantes - Cold Crash
12/10/2023 UK London - Oslo
13/10/2023 UK Bournemouth - Bear Cave
14/10/2023 UK Sheffield - Record Junkie
15/10/2023 UK Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
16/10/2023 UK Bradford - The Underground
17/10/2023 UK Tba
18/10/2023 ***Open Slot***
19/10/2023 ***Open Slot***
20/10/2023 Be Antwerp - Desertfest Belgium
21/10/2023 De Frankfurt - Tba
22/10/2023 De Münster - Rare Guitar
23/10/2023 Nl Den Haag - Paard
24/10/2023 ***Open Slot***
25/10/2023 NL Apeldoorn - Gigant
26/10/2023 ***Open Slot***
27/10/2023 De Dresden - Heavy Psych Sounds Fest
28/10/2023 De Berlin - Heavy Psych Sounds Fest

Guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano formed NEBULA in 1997 after breaking away from desert rock pioneers Fu Manchu, eventually recruiting bassist Mark Abshire. The power trio specializes in feedback-drenched heavy rock, incorporating liberal doses of Black Sabbath riffery, psychedelia, and space rock. The band released a number of EPs before moving onto full-length albums like 1999's 'To the Center' and 2001's 'Charged'. NEBULA creates pure guitar-driven, conscious expanding rock for the 21st century. They are a culmination of their rock forbearers such as Jimi Hendrix, MC5, The Stooges and Mudhoney turned up a notch, taken to the next level and blasting through space. They spread their gospel through their music and what they are preaching will leave the congregation on the floor.

In 2017 the band decided to reissue three of their crucial early works via Heavy Psych Sounds Records: 1998’s 'Let it Burn', 1999’s 'To the Center' and 2002’s 'Dos EPs' (which includes the material originally released on 1999’s 'Sun Creature' and the Nebula/Lowrider split). In the summer of 2020, after 13 years NEBULA returned with not only a new lineup but also their long-awaited new full-length 'Holy Shit', which was acclaimed as a "massive return to form" by Metal Hammer. The mighty trio released their latest album 'Transmission From Mothership Earth" in the summer of 2022 through their home stable Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

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Friday 28 July 2023

Sorcia - Lost Season (Album Review)

Release Date: July 21st 2023. Record Label: Desert Records. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Lost Season: Tracklisting

1.Miss Ann Thrope 08:20

2.An Axe Named Otis 06:58 

3.Faded Dune 06:54

4.Dusty 08:35

5.Entering the Eight House 09:29


Neal De Atley – Guitars/Vocals

Jessica Brasch – Bass/Vocals

Bryson Marcey – Drums


Lost Season is the new album from Doom/Stoner Metallers Sorcia who bring a much more vibrant Sludgy melodic mix into this record compared to their 2020 debut album. Sorcia have a gloomier Blues and Doomed Out sound with the band exploring their hometown of Seattle grunge roots and pair this off with subtle flashes of The Doors Psychedelic Rock which perhaps comes through mostly with Neal De Atley’s vocals on the opening stages of the album.

Opening track Miss Ann Thorpe conveys a dark message with the Heavy Sludge Rock attitude and lo-fi distorted grooves. Add some classic Soundgarden and TAD based energy with Sorcia moving between the finer moments of trippy Doom/Stoner Metal extended jams. Teaming up with Seattle and Grunge legend Tad Doyle yet again for mixing and mastering duties, the album is a seedy and psychedelic nightmarish journey which this track shows amazingly well. Sorica employs a wide array of different Stoner based themes which gives more volume and weight compared to their debut album.

Second track An Axe Named Otis continues with the hybrid style of Doom, Sludge, Stoner and Grunge based heaviness. This song has a more PUNK RAWK attitude with raw sounding grooves and vocals allowing Sorcia to play a more violent and distorted style of music than we’re used to. The vocals from both Neal and Jessica are superbly different from each other. Neal’s delivery is perhaps slightly chaotic with Jessica’s style being more calm. There’s an extended drone based groove towards the end of the song which impressed me highly. As it calmed the mood down for a few moments before Sorica returned to their heavier Doomed Out roots. 

Third song Faded Dune has a vibrant High On Fire energy within the instrumental sounds Sorcia plays on this track. The song has a deliciously heavy and evil sounding level of FUZZ which is quite subdued whilst still behind freakishly heavy. The vocals are perhaps more Doom Metal based but the grooves are most definitely Stoner based with flashes of epic Blues Rock jams and first rate Classic Hard Rock energy. 

The final two tracks of Dusty and Entering The Eight House is my favourite parts of the album as Sorcia operate with a more Psychedelic energy and the influence of The Doors, Black Sabbath and Soundgarden reign supreme here mostly on Dusty but The Eight House offers a few creative surprises of its own. Sorcia do experiment more with their music on this part of the album with the heaviest moments appearing on The Eight House

Lost Season is a refreshing change of pace from Sorcia and one that sees them avoid the “sophomore slump” triumphantly. This is a wonderfully addictive album with exquisite production values that ranks as another first rate album from Sorcia.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Desert Bloom PR for the promo.

Lost Season is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Desert Records.


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Jukebox Monkey - Smiles Becoming Teeth (Album Review)

Release Date: July 21st 2023. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: CD/DD

Smiles Becoming Teeth: Tracklisting

1.Smiles Becoming Teeth 


3.People Are Not Disposable

4.Like 1973 


6.The Never 

7.Deathbed Convert

8.Something Meaningless


Christopher Dabner - Vocals / Guitar

Niki Jones - Vocals / Bass

Peter Nightingale - Drums


Smiles Becoming Teeth is the new album from UK Stoner Metallers Jukebox Monkey that sees the band undergo a Progressive based makeover with the album being vastly different to their 2017 debut album. With Jukebox Monkey taking creative lessons from bands such as Orange Goblin, Mastodon and Alice In Chains. The record also offers a more gritty real life attitude to the album which shines through the bombastic vocals and intense lyrics the band have written for the album. 

Opening song Smiles Becoming Teeth is an uncompromising blend of Stoner Metal, Doom, Alt Metal and Grunge with Jukebox Monkey aligning themselves to a more Progressive Sludge Rock way of thinking. As the music becomes more Psychedelic based that showcases a Mastodon-eqsue flavour appearing within the heavier extended grooves that are superbly played and handled from start to finish.

Second song Swirl is a more dramatic song within the lyrics and vocals used for this track. The grooves are quite flashy, loud and OVER THE TOP but Jukebox Monkey manage to convey similar messages of hope that Sergeant Thunderhoof managed on their widely acclaimed last album. There’s many different styles of Doom/Stoner Metal being played on this track with Jukebox Monkey going all in with their new-found “Progressive” style as the song runs past the eight minutes mark. Maybe, the band is too bold and brash with their music. However, this is a wonderfully played and emotionally charged track with many fine moments of wicked Stoner based grooves throughout the song.

Third song People Are Not Disposable is quite a deceiving track as it opens with another finely played and intense Progressive Stoner groove but Jukebox Monkey veer into Alt Metal territory with the music being more personal to the band. That’s the impression I made as the vocals and lyrics have a more “human” element to them. Though, Jukebox Monkey don’t skimp on the Heavy Extended Jams which builds upto some thrilling progressive sludgy guitar solos towards the later stages of the song.

Fourth song Like 1973 is a more straight up Doom/Stoner Metal track from the band with a passionate Thrashy sound allowing Jukebox Monkey to bring new creative themes into their music. The song could be labelled as a Classic Heavy Metal track with Doom/Stoner elements appearing along the way. The vocals are WILD but suit the nature of the track. This isn’t one of the strongest tracks on the album but definitely one of the most interesting contained on the album. As it shows Jukebox Monkey trying different things with their music and I admire how the song doesn’t follow the standard Doom/Stoner Metal template. 

The second half of the album sees Jukebox Monkey continue with their aggressive and raw sounding music with some biting socially aware lyrics. The music is subdued in places and with Jukebox Monkey playing a more Alternative style of Doom/Stoner Metal on tracks such as Fountainhead and The Never. However, there are more than enough moments of menacing Doom/Stoner Metal to shake your fists or headbang in agreement with.

The final two songs of Deathbed Convert and Something Meaningless are the most soulful and gloomiest parts of the album. The music is constantly aggressive with regular outbursts of Progressive Metal being quite catchy in places. This part of the album is where Jukebox Monkey excels at and impresses the most. 

Smiles Becoming Teeth is an album that offers a different kind of voice and creative vision within the UK Doom/Stoner Metal Scene that may allow the band to gain further recognition within the global underground scene.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Memphia Music PR & Management for the promo.

Smiles Becoming Teeth is available to buy now on CD/DD now.