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Besvärjelsen – Vallmo

Author: Felix Hølter

Band: Besvärjelsen
Album: Vallmo
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Doom Metal, Folk
Label: Suicide Records
Release Date: March 27, 2018
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Once more a Swedish band manages to deliver a piece of great music. There must be something in the Scandinavian air – maybe some haze in the Northern sky? (Sorry.) Besvärjelsen means “conjuring” and it’s truly like magic, how this band is combining some of the best psychedelic Doom riffs, melodies and beats in 2018. Mainly spreading Black Sabbath and Candlemass vibes, Besvärjelsen also add Folkish parts to their music. Hexvessel fans will like it!

The Shadow Lizzards – The Shadow Lizzards

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: The Shadow Lizzards
Album: The Shadow Lizzards
Genre: Retro-Rock, Desert Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records
Release Date: February 23, 2018
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They prefer dark, hot and dusty places like the deserts of Southern California. Unfortunately, The Shadow Lizzards come from Nuremberg, Germany, but that doesn’t kill their groovy Desert Rock vibes at all. Another trio follows in the steps of Vintage Rock bands like Kadavar & Co. With their self-titled album, The Shadow Lizards release their first album after their formation in 2015. The band delivers a great Rock sound with fuzzy guitars, grooving drums and a lot of hammond organ action, the best part of this genre. The ten tracks of the record tick off every to-do list for perfect albums. You’ll get an instrumental opener with “Power On”, some songs to shake your hips to like “Breathtaker” & “Warzone” and last but not least a bluesy ballad – “Go Down”. Fans of old-school rock like Steppenwolf will like this record as well as Retro Rock newbies.

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
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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…