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HEADS. – Collider

Author: Andy Seibt

Band: HEADS.
Album: Collider
Genre: Noise, Post-Punk
Label: This Charming Man Records
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
Website: headsnoise.com

Post-Punk and Noise freaks, behold! The mighty HEADS. present their second effort “Collider”, and its a total blast; a ten-song-beast, creating images of dusty badlands, guided by the narrative voice of Ed Fraser, which is part of the uniqueness of HEADS. songs. Hit the title track “Collider” and let it soak you in and prove the greatness of this record. The guest appearances by Kevin Whitley, Luc Hess, Emilie Zoë and Fabian Bremer contribute greatly to the album’s character.

Melvins – Pinkus Abortion Technician

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: Melvins
Album: Pinkus Abortion Technician
Genre: Experimental, Sludge, Noise Rock
Label: Pias UK / Ipecac
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes
Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Website: melvins.net

There are so many ways to describe the great Melvins and none of these words will ever describe them more perfect then “restless”. The combo around Buzz Osbourne cannot let a year go by without releasing a new record – their newest masterpiece is called “Pinkus Abortion Technician”. To realize it, the trio got Butthole Surfers bass player Jeff Pinkus involved. We know the Melvins’ line-up with two drummers or two guitar players, but two bass players are something innovative for the band. The record itself is a variation of new songs and covers. The opener “Stop Moving To Florida” is a combined cover version of the James Gang song of the same name and the Butthole Surfers’ song “Moving To Florida”. A Beatles track is as well part of the album as the band’s own songs, which breath the well-known brute-noise sound of the Melvins. Even if you’re not a fan already, you should definitely check this record out and become one.

Leechfeast – Neon Crosses

Author: Felix Hölter

Band: Leechfeast
Album: Neon Crosses
Genre: Sludge
Label: Dry Cough Records, Rope Or Guillotine, Hellas Records
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Listen & Buy: Bandcamp
Social: Facebook

Three years after their unholy split with legendary Meth Drinker, Leechfeast offer some new music that crawls through your ears like mud. One cannot even imagine how this piece of extremely slow, harsh and heavy music called “Neon Crosses” was born. Leechfeast let you suffer from their deepest, drone-like riffing containing steady and epic melodies. The vocals alternate between reverberant screams and deep clean passages, which create a sacral feeling. All in all, Neon Crosses is one of the must have releases in Sludge music this year. Get it and sacrifice some herb while listening to this record!

Iron & Stone – Petrichor

Author: Tamino Freitag

Band: Iron & Stone
Album: Petrichor
Genre: Doom Metal/Stoner Rock/Psychedelic Rock
Label: Backbite Records
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp
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“No gimmicks, no fancy bullshit, just some heavy f*ckin’ music”: This German five-piece’s description of their own sound fits pretty well. A mixture of finest Doom and Stoner Rock with a pinch of Sludge Metal makes for a fine album that alternates between heavy melancholy and dusty, rocking groove. The, albeit raw-sounding, well-produced material manages to include sweet riffs, melodies and is full of little details that make you come back for a second spin. And a third. And a fourth…

Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

Author: Andy Seibt

Band: Corrosion Of Conformity
Album: No Cross No Crown
Genre: Stoner Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter
Website: coc.com

Corrosion Of Conformity are back! On their current release “No Cross No Crown”, which is finally fronted by Pepper Keenan again, the band delivers high-quality, bluesy Stoner Metal tunes after their fans’ fancy. Fourteen tracks without any fillers show the quartet’s excellent shape. Extended solos, melodies that make you bow down and gut-punching grooves combined with Pepper’s voice = 52 minutes of pure magic and drive. As usual, Corrosion Of Conformity are a band that stands for quality, ideas and uncompromising honesty.

Amenra – Mass VI

Author: Felix Hølter

Band: Amenra
Mass VI
Genre: Sludge, Post-Metal
Label: Neurot Recordings
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter
Live: ADTicket
Website: amenra-official.tumblr.com

After five years since “Mass V”, Belgium’s masters of heartbreaking Sludge Amenra released their fifth studio album in October 2017. And again those guys clench your neck and drag you to your own personal hell. On “Mass VI” Amenra are following their own style of sludgy Post-Metal again: slow and clean playing with spoken words and clean singing plus the probably heaviest slow riffing of Europe in 2017. There is nothing really new about “Mass VI” – but after some listening sessions, you will get the details, which make this album Amenra’s masterpiece. Even the most sceptic music snobs will lose their minds after listening to the intro of “Solitary Reign”.

Boneflower – Empty Rooms, Full Bodies

Author: Felix Hølter

Band: Boneflower
Album: Empty Rooms, Full Bodies
Genre: Screamo
Label: Lifeisafunnything (Germany), Unlock yourself (Russia), Saltamarges (Spain) and more
Release Date: November 11, 2017
Listen & Buy: Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram
Live: –
Website: boneflower.tictail.com

This years’ Screamo releases were definitely rad. You cannot simply ignore this genre, even if you’re a true Sludge Worm. Next to I Hate Sex and Heaven In Her Arms, Boneflower from Spain put out one last masterpiece for 2017. “Empty Rooms, Full Bodies” is their second album and it floats between spoken word-like vocals and epic guitar peaks with sharp screaming. The whole thing is configured to induce goose bumps from the first listen. Boneflower accomplish to create an amalgam of Screamo and some kind of Post-Metal, which is both, expressive and emotional, music.

Sum Of R – Orga

Author: Timon Menge

Band: Sum Of R
Album: Orga
Genre: Ambient, Post-Metal, Drone Metal
Label: Czar Of Revelations (CD), Cyclic Law (LP)
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, YouTube

After releasing “Sum Of R” in 2008 and “Lights On Water” in 2013, the Switzerland-based duo Sum Of R around mastermind Reto Mäder, who teamed up with drummer/percussionist Fabio Costa lately, unveiled their third album on September 15. “Orga” (short for “organic”/”organism”) contains less Metal influences than album #1 and #2 and is an Ambient record in the first place. Fans of oscillating soundscapes and spaced out acoustic experiments, who like to imagine roaming through mysterious woods and spooky fogs will get a real kick out of this release!