Nashville's Silent Monolith prove that there's more coming out of Music City these days than run-of-the-mill country fare. Big ass riffs, doomy themes and killer vocals remind the listener of why they got into heavy music in the first place. Fans of Sabbath, Sleep and Kyuss won't be disappointed by these dudes.
England's Lockersludge offer up a slightly new take on the stoner rock genre, with punk-influenced vocals accompanying the heavy riffs. Solid stuff here, all around. Plus, they have a track called "The Beard of Doom". That's always a bonus, even if it's about Kirk Windstein and not a certain blogger of doom.
Cult of Sorrow, a quartet out of Cincinnati, dip into 70's nostalgia on their recently released debut EP. Greasy, doomy riffs, thick production and occult-themed lyrics always make for a good combination. Check out the skull crushing riff on the final track, "Black Flame". Plus the bass player is pretty damn sexy.