Into The Abyss: No Games, Just The Dopest of Thrones

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I’m sick and tired of all your games.

Remember when I said I’d try to find some news to fit in here every time? Well don’t you concern your pretty head about it, ’cause there won’t be any more. Instead I’m just going to slap myself into Dagon’s territory. Some call them stoners, which I find funny ’cause they are usually too high to stone anyone. If you, like the average man, have missed any of our previous installments of stoner music series you can read them in the following places. Saturndust, Acid King, Elder and Stoned Jesus. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else – somewhere out there – would have written about stoner jams too, but I’m too drunk lazy to go find them.

So anyways, if you haven’t listened to the newest Monolord and you like slow, riff-y and dirge-y stoner doom then read stuff here and listen to it.

coma

Not really, I’m not into dankness at 5 am.

Dopethrone

If you like your stoner metal really dirty you would have already listened to this. The songs are short compared to 20+ minute jams that bands like Electric Wizard employ. Dopethrone is determined to groove like the dirtiest blues band on earth, dirty being a keyword here. They aren’t afraid to inject a little sludge into their riffs, and overall I’d say this album has as much alcohol in its veins as it has weed. If you’re anything like me, you were a little disappointed in the newest Weedeater album; Hochelaga, this year’s Dopethrone, release takes that throne more than capably. Stripped of the country-like influence coupled with a stronger groove and better riffs, this is a winner of an album. The two earlier releases are very similar and just as enjoyable, although Hochelaga may be my favorite. And the lead guitar tone is pretty wicked, what with the echoing chambers and all.

Boar

Boar is a Finnish band. They have released some EP’s and splits but haven’t made much noise since their inception in ’09. Come first of May and the wind of change, we’ll see the release of their debut full-length – Veneficae. They’re not afraid of taking their fair share of influences from sludge and change the vocals approach from clean to grunt when called for. Even though Boar writes songs a little longer than the other bands featured here, they don’t overstay their welcome either and are probably the most aggressive of the bunch, which doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t take anything from the psych-oriented-jam-sessions side of things. In fact Boar seems to incorporate influences from every imaginable aspect of stoner into a varied and dynamic album without sacrificing any of the power of the almighty riff that fuels the genre. Veneficae has as many identities as it has songs, and I would not be surprised if it would prove one of the best stoner/doom albums of recent years.

Wölflaut

This three-piece from Portland, Stonerville (or Oregon, not sure which) brings the riffs. So far they’ve released an EP in February, and that’s it. Leveled happens to be a damn righteous EP at that, and by righteous I mean ball-wrenchingly-crushing. It’s played low and mostly slow, but the songs don’t extend to five minutes, which is pretty much Leveled’s main minus. It’s short. The production job seems a little odd for a stoner/doom/thing album, but it’s by no means bad or unfitting. There’s something about the guitar tone that I wasn’t expecting. I’d like to think that cover art is a photograph of the members’ homestead after they leveled it with Leveled; it’s heavy enough to do just that.

 

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  • That’s a paddlin’

    Despite my efforts to proofread this twice thw first mistake was contained within the first sentence of the Dopethrone-portion.
    I could cry.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I just pushed play on the Finnish band.

    • Guacamole Jim

      That’s a paddlin’

    • Hubert

      It’s okay Bear, we all make mistakes. Except me, of course.

    • The W.

      The first sentence is fine, if not a bit clunky.

      • That’s a paddlin’

        The same thing’s there twice, sorry second sentence. Even that came out wrong.
        ;_;

        • The W.

          There, now it will be as though it never happened.

          • That’s a paddlin’

            You’re the W, dubs.

    • i dug that Boargod song. you guise are doing a gud job of getting me into music i wouldn’t normally investigate.

      • Dagon

        You’re one step closer to the Dopesmoker challenge. It will take a while, though.

        • next up: shroomer rock!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Dopesmoker >>>>>>>>>>

          • Dagon

            I listened to all of it on Monday, right before leaving for class. Enjoying my coffee and picturing the Weedian Nazareth.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I enjoyed the Boar song as well.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Dank, brah. My eyes are redder just from listening to these stoned grooves. I wouldn’t call that band “boar” though because they’re pretty exciting actually, knowatamean?

    http://i.imgur.com/HIVFoB5.png

  • Tyree

    Boar and Dopethrone are so great! So much groove on that Dopethrone, those riffs are luscious.

    New Weedeater was a big disappointment.

    • Dagon

      It was definitely a letdown because I expected something great. It’s still an ok album, there’s just so much stoner sludge going on that makes it hard to go back to albums that are just “good”.

      • Tyree

        I thought it was pretty boring. Shame, because that bass tone in this album is their best in my opinion.

        • Dagon

          It’s like they had all these perfect separate elements but couldn’t write songs that lived up to them.

          • Tyree

            Well put.

    • Hubert

      Luscious….

  • Howard Dean

    Someone has probably seen it already and dropped it into the FB group, but in case they haven’t: Diocletian just announced on their Facebook that they are breaking up.

    Tyree, Simon Phoenix, and the other Diocletian fiends: At least they ended with Gesundrian. We still have that!

    • Tyree

      I fucking saw that. Witchrist now them. Fuck!

      • Howard Dean

        I know it. Sucks.

        On the plus side, that new Deiphago track that premiered is a fucking ripper. Psyched for that album!

        • Dagon

          I think they already have a full stream of that album. Let me check.
          -EDIT: they don’t.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, it’s just a track for now, with preorders. But apparently the Hells Headbangers booth at MDF was selling the album (2 months early!) until they ran out of copies.

        • Tyree

          I heard it yesterday. Woah, does that production sound big. Makes them sound even more menacing!

          • Howard Dean

            Huge production! I’m pumped for it.

          • Tyree

            Whole lot of Satan in the new song too. I’m really pumped.

          • Howard Dean

            Indeed. I am a little choosy about my bestial/war stuff, and I tend to like the albums with a thicker, heavier production (Unholier Master, Gesundrian, a lot of Blasphemophagher’s discography).

            I can understand the appeal of under-produced and thinner bestial/war albums (same as I understand the appeal of raw traditional black metal), but the bestial/war stuff with the added punch stands out.

          • Tyree

            Definitely!

            Have you heard the new Genocide Shrines album yet?

          • Howard Dean

            I haven’t. I was going to order it from Vault of Dried Bones a few weeks ago, but changed my mind. Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down shit to buy.

          • Tyree

            I hear that man. I highly recommend it though. It’s one of my favorite bestial/war metal releases of this year.

          • Howard Dean

            I’ll have to check it out. I’m sure if a distro I order from a lot has it, I’ll pick it up at some point.

      • They did? Ah, son of a bitch, and I just listened to Beheaded Ouroboros…

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      … and Disciples of War.

      • Howard Dean

        I liked that split a lot, too, but for me Gesundrian was head and shoulders above their other stuff.The best work they ever released.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I’ve listened to the split a lot more as a matter of quantity (mostly because of you and Tyree talking about Weregoat on here)

    • Howard Dean

      I hope the down vote to my comment was due to sheer, uncontrollable disappointment at the announcement of Diocletian breaking up. That’s understandable.

      But it probably wasn’t. Cheers, fuckface!

      • Tyree

        How do you even see if you have downvotes? I’m curious about this, I’m sure I get plenty.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I was wondering the same thing.

        • right-click the down stab arrow, select “Inspect Element”. then look for the count

        • Right click the downvote arrow and go to inspect element, it’ll say “count-x”

          • Tyree

            Aw! I see it now. Thanks.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            That’s very informative. Seems like a lot of work to figure out if anyone has downvoted you, lol

          • Howard Dean

            It’s really pretty quick. But I actually don’t check until I notice that my comment has been downvoted. You can tell if you view comments “by best.” If you have a comment with 4 upvotes and it’s placed lower than other comments with 2 upvotes, you know it’s been downvoted. That’s how I tell.

            I wouldn’t go through the hassle of checking every comment. That would be ridiculous.

        • Howard Dean

          Right click on/near the downvote icon and select “inspect element.” It’ll open up the coding for the downvote function, and it’ll say something along the lines of “‘down vote’ count -1.” It displays the upvotes in a similar way, too.

          You can also tell if you select the “sort by best” option for comments, and you notice that your comment is placed below other comments that have fewer upvotes, such as my original comment about Diocletian. Downvotes outweigh upvotes and make comments display lower on the page.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I always look at Toilet Ov Hell using the “sort by best” category. When I used to look at the comments on articles at the AV Club they were always sorted by time, which I thought was weird.

          • Howard Dean

            I usually use the “sort by best,” too, until the article gets too many comments, and I just want to see the newest ones.

          • Disqus: a fierce but fair mistress
            also, the tool that brought us all together!

          • At least the mistress is working today. I was ready to choke Disqus yesterday

            GL

          • Damn, dude; I didn’t even know about the inspect element thing. Too bad it can’t tell you who the sniveling little downvoters are. Then we can start FIGHTS. I like fights.

          • Howard Dean

            FIGHT

    • now you have two… WHAT HAS THE TOILET BECOME?!?!

      • Howard Dean

        The gate is wide and the way is long that leads to destruction. Ne’er a curse to be uttered, for they know not what they do.

    • I AM UP VOTING THIS BITCH TO THE TOP!

      GL

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      Yeah I saw it on ye old Facebook. Fucking blows. I had JUST started to like them because of Gesundrian. I didn’t even get to see them live.

      Someone mentioned it in the FB group that it may be some type of curse of bands breaking up after playing MDF. Who knows though.

    • At least they went out on a high note?

      • Howard Dean

        Definitely.

  • OHHH, YESSH. Stoner is in the house!

    I’m going full cyclops just reading this, and I don’t use the “Mary Jane”!!

    I heard one Wölflaut, now I will check them again 😀 Thanks, Beargod!

    http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/265/e/e/cyclops_colors_by_tfshadowcons-d5flanz.jpg

  • Dagon

    Will be jamming some Boar, I don’t know the band yet. I love this Wolflaut EP, the gang vocals in Cornelius are pretty neat.

  • KJM

    Mono = One
    Lord = Lord

    • MONOLORD MONOLORD MONOLORD MONOLORD MONOLORD

      • KJM

        Were they sent here by Teh Devil?
        No, good sir, they’re on the level!

  • nbm02ss

    What a coincidence. I was just listening to Yob and thinking to myself, “self, you need more tasty doomy tunes”, and along came this article in my FB feed.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    That Dopethrone is good shit.

  • KJM

    Dopethrone >>>>>>

  • KJM

    I was thinking that the new Weedeater would take time to grow on me. I guess it’s not just me that isn’t feeling it. : (

  • KJM

    When you smoke the Dope Of Thrones, you either get high or you OD.

    • Dagon

      you either hit the drive thru or fall asleep in the garage.

  • JamesGrimm
    • The W.

      I tip my beard to Orange Goblin.

      • JamesGrimm

        Tasty stoner riffage

      • Disgustache

        M’goblin.

    • This is a great band <3

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Speaking of stoner music here’s a good album of stoner rock.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjfcvO-qHbQ

  • Tyree

    Monolord’s new album is another favorite stoner sludge/doom album of mine this year. That album is all sorts of fucking awesome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxX_APq-M6A

    • Dagon

      Love the vocals and guitar tone. Reminds of Ozzy around vol. 4

      • It’s like Ozzy in LSD and in a empty blank room, loved it and how they mixed, it gives a whole different vibe.

    • KJM

      This and Acid King are my favorites so far this year. Monolord have told me via Twitter that they plan to tour The US.

      • Tyree

        Is there a new Acid Witch album coming out? Or did it already come out?

        Edit: I maybe thinking of something else.

    • Guacamole Jim

      So fucking good.

    • InfinityOfThoughts

      Yeah, I like this. Heavy stuff man, thanks!

  • Hubert

    Remember this from last year?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-of5C1OHX_8

  • Sounds like I would enjoy these based description. Trying to listen to these before my boss annoys the hell out of me today.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      That’s a sound strategy.

  • Disgustache

    Once I started seeing the words dirt and dirty, I was immediately engrossed and my heart began racing. Now I have a large supply of blood to fat pink mast, and it won’t come down. This must be how it feels to have been a part of Boogie Nights.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8D6XCgWyxY

    • Tyree

      BYAH! Bongzilla rules!

  • nbm02ss
  • Geeez, Boar riffing is good! Thanks again!

  • The W.

    Boar bring the riffz. Good job, dankbear.

  • Zeke

    I’m on a stoner metal kick thanks to W and Masterlord’s riff ov the week entries over the last two weeks. I’d never heard Shrinebuilder or Conan before; perfect albums to kick off the summer.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    You know what’s funny? I don’t partake of the green. I need to be focused when selling semi automatic rifles or just gutting people from crotch to sternum.

    Still like some dank stoner metal though. This one has had my attention for the past couple of months.

    https://mothercrone.bandcamp.com/releases

  • <3

  • JW(E)G
  • JW(E)G
  • SheWölf

    Thanks for the review doooOOOood! 🙂

    • That’s a paddlin’

      Danks for the music. 😉

  • Petri Saarela

    Danks for the support everyone! T: Petri / Boar