Would you be interested if I told you that there was a band out there that combined Electric Wizard's crushing riffage with John Garcia's early-Kyuss vocals, back when he had a little aggression in his voice? If so, you're going to want to have a listen to Ann Arbor's Wizard Union. The Michigan trio isn't reinventing the wheel here, but they're taking everything good about stoner and doom and combining them into a pretty damn good stew. There's not a bad track on their debut album, Smoking Coffins, which was released back in January.
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.