The Sledge

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The Sledge

  • Country
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Genre
    Heavy Rock · Stoner

  • Vocals
    Magnus
  • Guitar/Vox
    Palle
  • Bass
    Claus
  • Drums/Vox
    Kim

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The Sledge … a black belt fuzz machine; a new old group of musicians, getting together in one room, with a mission: To capture the energy from endless hours of jamming and composing. It is hard to categorize the music of The Sledge as heard on their debut album On The Verge Of Nothing. Some might call it stoner, with a mighty dose of proto-metal, and some might call it hard rock with pinches of grunge, old school metal, and robotic riffs. The album is described by early listeners as “quite a sonic ride”, and take the listener through all kinds of instrumentation and experimentation. Inspired by other bands, who do not play a specific genre or style, but play what feels right. But take a listen yourselves and decide.

The Sledge is built on the ashes of Danish fuzz-bomb band Hjortene, who did 5 different releases – all in different physical formats. Since 2004 Hjortene played live all over Scandinavia, supported Valient Thorr, Truckfighters and Fu Manchu and gathered a solid following in Scandinavia. The band felt like going for a fresh start both in terms of a new name and a tweak to their powerful musical output, while maintaining their specific soulful take on rock n’ roll.  “The new songs are way more tuned down, and slower and heavier, but of course you can hear where we come from musically…” says The Sledge.

The debut album from The Sledge On The Verge Of Nothing is captured live in the studio, over two days. All the basic tracks of drums, guitar and bass were done in one room, played live, with the use of no headphones, and no studio windows to obscure the energy; just roaring amplifiers and pounding loud drums. The band wanted to capture the raw feeling of playing live, and be able to feel each other in that room. Later they dubbed vocals, and other details, and invited prominent friends to contribute. Old friend of the band Lorenzo Woodrose (Baby Woodrose, On Trial) is all over the album “he just came, hung out, and delivered… a lot of percussion and harmony vocals”. Bo Morthen from stoner psych legends On Trial did vocals for a blue, paired down track, and having Lorenzo to back him up. “It was like bringing On Trial together for a song again”.

Anders Onsberg Hansen (Baby Woodrose, Spids Nøgenhat) did the recordings in Copenhagen, and for the mixing and mastering, the band brought in some heavyweight champions in the rock business: Matt Bayles (Mastodon, The Sword, Isis) did the mixes in Seattle, and Dave Collins (Soundgarden, Fu Manchu, QOTSA) did the mastering in Los Angeles. The band comments: “We wanted to take everything a step further, and did no compromises in choosing who to work with. We were not setting out to make a classic stoner rock album…and we think you can hear that.”  The result is a hard rocking, grooving and soulful album consisting of eight songs displaying the wide capability of a band true to their roots while exploring the possibilities of rock n’ roll.

The Sledge will release their debut album On the Verge of Nothing on 15th June via German label Kozmik Artifactz on LP and digital formats.


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The Lunar Effect

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The Lunar Effect

  • Country
    London
  • Genre
    Heavy Rock · Psychedelic · Stoner

  • Vocals
    Josh Gosling
  • Guitar
    Jon Jefford
  • Bass
    Brett Halsey
  • Drums
    Dan Jefford

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“A heavy exploration into new rock territories while maintaining and utilizing brilliant ingredients of rock n roll history”

The Lunar Effect play fuzz laden riffs mixed with vintage psychedelia in a hard rock homage to bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, laced with a modern, post-grunge twist.

The bands original line up was formed in 2014 by guitarist/singer Jon Jefford and his younger brother Daniel on drums. After writing and recording some material with various local musicians, they met bass player Brett Halsey and singer Josh Gosling in 2016 and everything clicked into place. This led to the release of their E.P “Strange Lands” which received glowing reviews from music blogs around the globe, leading to the band being heard on Kerrang radio, Radio X and Planet Rock radio.

The band have since released a video for their new track ‘Woman’ which will feature on their first full length record Calm Before The Calm which is due to be released in 2018.



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Green Lung

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Green Lung

  • Country
    London, UK
  • Genre
    Doom · Sludge · Stoner

  • Vocals
    Tom Templar
  • Guitar
    Scott Masson
  • Bass
    Andrew Cave
  • Drums
    Matt Wiseman

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Green Lung combine crushing heaviness with soaring hooks, summoning up the proto-metal spectres of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, the psychedelic heft of heavy prog and the anthemic gloom of Danzig and Type O Negative; all the while dragging those influences into the 21st Century and sculpting them into a sound that is entirely their own.

Hailing from South London and made up of vocalist Tom Templar, guitarist Scott Masson, bassist Andrew Cave and drummer Matt Wiseman, the band released their debut EP, Free the Witch, in February 2018.



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IAH

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IAH

  • Country
    Córdoba Capital, Argentina
  • Genre
    Drone · Heavy Rock · Psychedelic · Stoner

  • Guitar
    Mauricio Condon
  • Bass
    Juan Pablo Lucco Borlera
  • Drums
    José Landin
  • Visuals
    Guillermo Scarpa

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General Information.

IAH is a band formed at the beginning of 2016, in Córdoba Capital, Argentina. The band consists of Mauricio Condon on lead guitar, Juan Pablo Lucco on bass, and José Landin on drums.

Musically speaking, the band is a confluence of experience and heterogeneous exploration, but still well delivered by its three members. The versatility of IAH varies from ambient to hypnotic riffs, from powerful explosions to peculiar details demonstrating a variety of influences as a result of the vast musical knowledge of the ensemble. The work of IAH contains some riffs that could fall within the stoner / doom metal genre, bringing strong influences from post rock and from psychedelic rock. It is the least to say that the freshness of what IAH can offer is a small glimpse into the variety of their musical influences.

Since its birth, the band has achieved some key accomplishments, among which we can mention the album release of 2017 (self-titled) by the record label Necio Records of Peru and edited in digipack. In 2018, a vinyl edition of the late record  will be released by Kozmik Artifaktz, a German record label specialized in the said genre. In addition to that, we can add the great success of the disc on many Youtube channels, especially with the new entire album downloaded in a single video exceeding 250,000 views.



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Deathbell

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Deathbell

  • Country
    Toulouse, France
  • Genre
    Doom · Psychedelic · Stoner

  • Vox/Keys
    Lauren Gaynor
  • Guitar
    Bastien Commelongue
  • Bass
    Valentin Troï
  • Drums
    Robin Draye

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Deathbell is a four piece female fronted doom band both French and Irish. Creating heavy, fuzzy sound and hazy atmosphere in their music, which wishes to transcend listeners minds to another world.


With The Beyond focuses on the passing between the living world and beyond. Through haunting vocals and hypnotic rhythms heated from witchcraft to more introspective trips.


Deathbell comes from that of a flower, once consumed gives you the ability to see all.



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Hazemaze

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Hazemaze

  • Country
    Sweden
  • Genre
    Classic Rock · Heavy Rock · Stoner

  • Vox/Guitar
    Ludvig Andersson
  • Bass
    Stefan Carrillo
  • Drums
    Nils Einéus

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Hazemaze is a 70’s infused stoner-rock band hailing from the middle of Sweden, surrounded by lakes and forest. In the depth of Mälardalen, the three piece summoned the forces of fuzz and heavy riffing in the spring of 2016. A combination of early doom-rock and psychedelic elements with a modern touch is what creates the bands heavy fuzz sound.

In the fall of 2017 they went up north to the city of Falun to record their first full length album. The self-titled studio album will be released in 2018 through Kozmik Artifactz.


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Snowchild

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Snowchild

  • Country
    Kansas
  • Genre
    Doom · Heavy Rock · Stoner

  • Vox/Bass
    Larry Donaldson
  • Guitar
    Dustin Roberts
  • Drums
    Chad Duncan

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The Wichita fuzzers managed to birth an album that comes on like a churning maelstrom of sound, and continues to punch listeners in the face with a heavy sound that mimics the stoner rock of yore, but is also undeniably their own. This album was made for vinyl, and we can’t wait to lower that needle down on what may be one of the more celebrated releases of this year.

Kansas trio Snowchild throw stoner, psych, blues and hard rock into a big melting pot, chuck in a big dollop of groove and serve it molten hot! Amazing blend of doom styles , yet always maintaining a Sabbath vibe throughout. I also am reminded of Pallbearer at times. This reminds me of the first few Sahg records, but with a tiny bit more doom and quite a bit more blues elements. Like Sahg meets Cream. There is an awesome organ part in track 2, even though Snowchild seems to be and sounds like a power trio. Superb stuff – Stoned Meadow of Doom

Thick as mud, yet as crystal clear as a super moon on a cloudless night, Snowchild releases Age of Change in a haze of fuzzed out psychedelic doom rock – WEAREWICHITA.COM


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The Age of Truth

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The Age of Truth

  • Country
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Genre
    Bluesrock · Psychedelic · Stoner

  • Vocals
    Kevin McNamara
  • Guitar
    Mike DiDonato
  • Bass
    William Miller
  • Drums
    Adam Lauver

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The Age Of Truth is a band, a brotherhood and a mission. Four brothers-in-arms from Philadelphia united in the singular pursuit of making the most honest heaviness this broken world can handle. As our modern lives bathe us in constant unravelling lies and deceptions, the heaviness they create makes them clean.

With a fully stocked arsenal of riffs wrapped in a tone of honey dipped Satan, The Age Of Truth blends fuzz and diesel fuel with elements of heavy blues, stoner rock and psychedelia. The perfect soundtrack for a barroom brawl that they know only as…the heaviness.


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Geezer

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Geezer

  • Country
    Kingston, NY
  • Genre
    Bluesrock · Heavy Rock · Stoner

  • Vox/Guitar
    Pat Harrington
  • Bass
    Richie Touseull
  • Drums
    Charles Ruggiero

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In a dark corner of an old dusty metal shop, alongside the menacing blasts of industrial age freight trains, that’s where the sound was forged…

Where the rusted steel of a bygone era meets the ancient spirits of legendary mountains, that’s where the reckoning came to be…

As a whole greater than it’s parts, a beacon arose from the valley below and brought forth a new sense of old ways and a recalibration of doctrine.

In other words…

Geezer lay down thick heavy grooves rooted in the tradition of pre-war slide guitar blues, while simultaneously breaking boundaries through sonic experimentation and improvisation.

2015 has been a year of milestones for Geezer. It all started with the worldwide release the highly acclaimed EP “Gage” on Ripple Music, followed by the release of “The Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter One”. The first in a series of splits from Ripple Music, it combined Geezer’s heavy blues with the massive riffs of Borracho to create an instant classic.

Geezer also spent much of the year playing live, including a tour of the the American rust belt with Bison Machine. To date, Geezer has shared the stage with bands like Gozu, Wo Fat, Mos Generator, The Golden Grass, The Midnight Ghost Train and High On Fire, among others.

New material is in the works and preparations are being made for a new full length album to be released in Spring of 2016. Always moving forward and venturing into new sonic landscapes, 2016 promises to be the year that Geezer spreads their brand of heavy-psych-blues across the seas to an ever-expanding international audience.

The reviews tell the tale…

“Five tracks of heavy and hazy blues rock drift across desert sands, echoing through moonlit canyons under starry skies, a moreish Peyote for altering the minds of easy riders everywhere.”: Metal Hammer, April 2015

“Geezer’s EP is a work of genius. Stoner Rock of the highest order… Brilliant and highly recommended.” The Sludgelord

“The bass is a leviathan of low end rumble, the blues guitar forging molten riffs of iron and steel, and the drum work massive and purposeful.”: Heavy Planet

“It’s a powerful and soothing expression of nearly a hundred years of music placed upon an altar that a thousand giants built and cherished, and this one may stand the test of time in ways that will continue to define the genre for a long time to come. Yes, it’s that damn good.”: Russell Mullen @ The Ripple Effect

Always Heavy… Totally Righteous… Geezer


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¡Pendejo!

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¡Pendejo!

  • Country
    The Netherlands
  • Genre
    Heavy Rock · Stoner

  • Vox/Trumpet
    El Pastuso
  • Guitar
    Loco Ed
  • Bass
    Stef ‘El Rojo’ Gubbels
  • Drums
    Sjoerd van der Knoop

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“Taste it and you won’t be sorry.” (Metal Hammer)

¡PENDEJO! is a four-piece heavy rock band from the Netherlands, founded by two cousins with a history in Latin America. Digging into their latino roots, El Pastuso and Jaap ‘Monchito’ Melman started blending heavy riffage, pounding drums, right-in-your-face lyrics in urban Spanish about the weirdest stories in life, and to top it all off, a screaming trumpet.

“Check the irony that one of the best Latin American bands I’ve heard isn’t Latin American.” (Vagabundo Espiritual)

‘Cantos a la Vida’, the band’s first full length album, was released in 2010 and got stunningly positive reviews, especially in Spanish speaking countries. Their music has been described as heavy, addictive, rough and grooving, or as a Spanish critic so eloquently put it: “Heavy rock in Spanish with balls the size of Danny de Vito”.

“You really won’t believe your ears.” (Stan Novak, Aardschok)

During the following years, ¡Pendejo! played mostly in the underground scene throughout Europe and Latin America, putting on a show for anyone who is not afraid to be grabbed by the cojones and to be thrown into a spicy puddle of chile con carne.

“Smoke, alcohol, humor, sex and ah!, Rock n Roll!” (Max Metal)

The band recorded its second album ‘Atacames’ (2014) with producer Pieter Kloos in The Void Studio in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This resulted in a daring album containing 10 songs ranging from heavy to lighthearted, and from melodramatic to outright aggressive.

“Gewinnt jeden Schwanzvergleich.” (Legacy)

In 2014-2016 the band did several tours in Europe. In October 2016 ¡PENDEJO! toured in South America again, including Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Currently the band is working on a new album, to be recorded in August this year.
“¡Pendejo! les chingará la madre.” (Renacer Electrico)


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