doom/stoner Archive

Retired Fire Eater Seeks Doom/stoner Metal Band: Slow Machine, the Craigslist Quintet

An edited version of this feature appeared previously in SF Weekly. How does a new band – combining a Portuguese-speaking former fire eater and an instrumental quartet that plays stoner metal – get started during a pandemic? Through Craigslist, of course. Oakland-based band Slow Machine has just released its debut EP, Black Tide, and the

Album Review: Dungeon Weed — Mind Palace of the Mushroom God

With their debut album Mind Palace of the Mushroom God, Oakland sludge rockers Dungeon Weed have carved out a niche of their own. Many stoner rock outfits lean toward a perspective that travels well-trodden territory like dungeons, dragons and other doomy topics. And while Dungeon Weed trades in some of the same subject matter, they

Album Review: Death Nebula — Ghost of Cassiopeia

If one were to make some sweeping generalizations about doom metal, first among those might be that the artists making it build a sound around a core of guitar/bass/drums, and that they top it off with screaming, essentially indecipherable vocals. (Among fans of the style, the latter is a feature, not a bug.) But as

Carry That Weight: The Heavy Mountain Festival

For many years, Asheville, N.C. has been an important part of the thriving folk/roots music scene. But in recent years the city has also become an incubator for many other musical styles. With a goal of supporting and spotlighting the regional scene for a particularly thunderous brand of rock, Asheville musician and nascent promoter Ray

Album Mini-review: Sunn O))) – Kannon

File next to: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Earth, Glenn Branca It’s easy to dismiss the pummeling, sludgy, drone-rock of Sunn O))) as noise; even fans of the group might happily admit that noise isn’t an unfair word to describe the group’s music. But behind the dense sonic curtain of their non-tempo music – there’s nothing

Festival Review: Big Ears 2014, Day 3 (Part One)

Dean and Britta I had already seen Dean Wareham and his wife/collaborator Britta Phillips on Day One of Big Ears 2014. But what was advertised for their Sunday performance – this time at the smaller Bijou – was intriguing enough to get my attention. The plan was to project thirteen of Andy Warhol‘s famous “screen

July Capsule Reviews, #1 of 3

Once again, it’s time here at Musoscribe World Headquarters for a batch of capsule reviews. The inbox keeps growing, and some worthy titles have begun to gather dust. So to winnow down my backlog and get the word out about these (largely under-the-radar) new releases, here is the first of three more in my occasional