Author Archives: A.S. Van Dorston

Ruby The Hatchet – Valley Of The Snake (Tee Pee)

I got this from Bandcamp back in February, and has been a heavy presence on my 2015 playlist ever since. The actual CD came in the mail just yesterday and reminded me that I hadn’t properly written about it yet. … Continue reading

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Torche – Restarter (Relapse)

Steve Brook’s love affair with heavy fuzz and E-bombs goes way back to 1992 when he formed Floor. He formed Torche in 2004, and had solidified a bona fide cult following by their second album, Meanderthal (2008). Harmonicraft (2012) took … Continue reading

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The Lucid Dream – The Lucid Dream (Holy Are You? Recordings)

While there’s no shortage of bands practicing feedback-drenched psych rock, The Lucid Dream have been perfecting their own distinct recipe since their first EP in 2010 involving ingredients like garage noir, shoegaze, German kosmische/space rock, pre and post-NYC no-wave noise, … Continue reading

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Wand – Golem (In The Red)

Just a few months ago, I was unaware of a band called Wand. Then I belatedly discovered their debut album Ganglion Reef on Drag City imprint God?, which made the #10 slot of my favorite psych albums of last year. … Continue reading

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Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors (Relapse)

Since discovering their first EP in 2010, it seems things moved very quickly for Royal Thunder. One moment they were an intriguing, promising band, then they came out with their epic full-length debut CVI (2012), and I saw them live, … Continue reading

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New Albums of the Week, March 31

It’s a good day for heavy and trippy today. Ufomammut – Ecate (Neurot) - Italian cosmic doom sludge psych lays down their heaviest album (their 7th ) in years like the intergalactic space lord bosses they are. | Full Fast ‘n’ Bulbous … Continue reading

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Ufomammut – Ecate (Neurot)

I’ve raved so much about Tortona, Italy’s intergalactic psychedelic cosmic sludge doom space travelers, most know that Ufomammut are one of my all-time favorite heavy bands. Despite nailing it from the beginning with their debut Godlike Snake (2000) and topping … Continue reading

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Elder – Lore (Armageddon)

Elder are a difficult band to describe with just one genre. My immediate reaction to hearing their self-titled debut from 2008 was “Oh my god, this is what music is supposed to sound like.” That’s not to say everyone needs … Continue reading

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UFOMAMMUT Finally Tours North America

Italian stoner/doom/sludge/psych pioneers UFOMAMMUT celebrated their 15th anniversary as a band last year by releasing a retrospective XV DVD and Magickal Mastery live album. Incredibly, they have never before toured North America. They played a couple dates in L.A. and San … Continue reading

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Psycho California Announces Headliners: Sleep, Pentagram and Cult Of Luna

For a number of years, it’s been frustrating for us North American stoner/doom/psych fans to see our favorite bands almost exclusively play festivals in Europe, but rarely cross the pond. The best lineups over the past several years were consistently … Continue reading

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