Betelzeus: Congolese Sterilization LP (magenta/clear)

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Ha! In your face! From my recent hometown comes Betelzeus with Congolese Sterilization. It’s damn nice to see/hear that there’s actual stoner/doom/sludge scene in this godforsaken backyard called Finland (and someone dares to call us Finns the happiest people in the world, fuck it!). Thanks to Interstellar Smoke Records for releasing this on vinyl, tape version I purchased from the local record store earlier last year. Pissed off sludge/doom in best physical format ever. Highly recommended piece of art!  Available from the source,  Interstellar Smoke Records.



Lucifer’s Children: Devil Worship LP +7″ (black)

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DOOOOM. Do I need to write anything more? Well, maybe a few sentences.. Lucifer’s Children comes from Paraguay that’s almost all I know about this band and traditional doom is the thing in this quite amazing debut album. It’s been a very long time since I have listened this kind of doom and the feeling is, purified. Looking forward to hear from this band in the future. And thanks to DHU for releasing this. Sold out from the source but some copies still available via Kozmik Artifactz.

Hmm.. listening to this record woke the good old doomster in me so now I have listen to one of the greatest doom records ever made “Into The Depths Of Sorrow” by Solitude Aeturnus. Thanks Lucifer’s Children, you just stole a piece of my darkened heart!



Bismut: Retrocausality 2xLP (purple)

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Some instrumental space/stoner/psych from Netherlands on purple colored double album. Retrocausality is their second album and I decided to check out this group at last. Woah! After listening to the first track on this album I was forced to purchase the whole damn thing on vinyl format. Been listening to this album quite much lately and every time it has been a very pleasant experience. Have to check out their debut album also as soon as possible. Recommended group/album. Get your copy for example via Lay Bare Recordings, Kozmik Artifactz or from the band itself.



Stonebirds: Collapse And Fail LP (clear/black)

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Woah, now we are talking! A Monstrous album from Stonebirds crushing my guts with its darkened & hopeless beauty.  This French band manages to blend various styles on this latest release. Mostly doomed post-metal with some distance echoes of sludge somewhere between the grooves. Bought their “Into The Fog… And The Filthy Air” album years ago and been waiting a new one to be released and just realized that I have missed an album between these two.. How in hell that can be even possible? Well, next one in my shopping list is that missing 2xLP called “Time”. Shame on me.. In the picture the vinyl looks very much black but when held to the light the effect can be seen, have to admit that it took little time and some advices to realize that..  This version is sold out but if you fancy regular version or even test pressing, Ripple Music still have those available. Band itself has some regular copies available in their BandCamp site too and Kozmik Artifactz has 1 copy still available.



Hombrehumano: Crepuscular LP (colored)

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Deserted love from Argentina. Ordered this one along with some other records from Interstellar Smoke Records a few months ago. As I have said before, seems that the stoner/doom genre is quite powerful in South America nowadays. Hombrehumano is hitting hard with their album called Crepuscular, fuzzed desert/stoner/psych rock at it’s best. I was already sold after listening to the first track on this album, Nomada, even though it’s instrumental it’s one of the most beautiful tracks I have heard in a while! Recommended piece of art and still available from the source, Interstellar Smoke Records.



The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble: I Forsee The Dark Ahead, If I Stay 2xLP (white)

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While I usually skip all possible live recordings, with this I was forced to make an exception. The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble (aka. The Mount Fuji Doom Jazz Corporation) is one of those bands that I’ve followed for years and I will follow forever. Oh, this kinda music has nothing to do with stoner etc. maybe there’s some doomed elements hidden beyond these tunes filled with drone, experimental jazz. Awesome group, and If you want to open your stoned hearts for these kind of tunes, head to the Denovali Records website.



Widows: Oh Deer God LP (black)

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Now I have to say that 5£ prize tag on this album is like stealing.. Oh Deer God by Widows is album filled with some stoner/sludge & doomed/bluesy riff-rock. This musical mayhem has been dragged under the sun about 3 years ago and seems that it is still very alive. Don’t know if the band is still active but would love to hear from them in the future. Good one, really good! I should have paid little more than 5£ from this one.. shame on me. Check out this via their BandCamp site and if you like what you’re hearing, buy it.



REZN: Chaotic Divine 2xLP (dark gold/black marbled)

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Believe or not but this album is my first touch with this awesome cosmisher, doomed stoner/psych outfit. I’ve known the band by the name for a few years and finally manage to purchase a physical copy on vinyl format. Oh boys & girls, what a fool have I been way too long. This cosmic beauty with ethereal vocals have stolen a piece of my heart. Fuckhellyaeah, I’m forced to hunt down their previous releases as well.. This color variation still available via Off The Record label, other variations via band itself & Kozmik Artifactz for example. Go!



Ruff Majik : Tårn LP (yellow/red spatter)

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Over a month ago I got the latest album from Ruff Majik, The Devil’s Cattle, and decided to get the band’s previous recordings as well. I followed Thomas Bleuze’s advice and started with Ruff Majik’s previous album, Tårn. This record has been on my shopping list for some time and now it’s here. It’s annoyingly hard to place this band in any particular genre, it’s a strange mix of groovy garage-doom-stoner-blues and whatever.. a great band and I’m just looking forward to which direction they’re going to steer us in the future. The album is still available via Lay Bare Recorings. Recommended, highly!



Malsten: The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill LP (orange/black marbled)

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Here’s some quality doom, this time from Sweden. Another new acquaintance for me because I haven’t come across this band before, so thanks to Interstellar Smoke Records for introducing this slow & heavy monstrocity. The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill is Malsten’s debut album and it sets high hopes for the band’s future releases. This darkened beauty is available via Interstellar Smoke Records.



Ritual King: Ritual King LP (green/white with black splatter)

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Self-titled debut album from Ritual King hung for too long on my wantlist so I just had to grab myself by the neck and do something about it. This UK based group mixes  stoner, blues rock and psychedelic in a great way. For a reason, this was on my shopping list. One of my favorite releases from last year. This awesome album was brought to sunlight by Ripple Music and if you are after a copy, I suggest you check out the source, Ripple Music (the colored version is long gone so you have to settle for regular vesion though).



Satánico Pandemonium: Culto Suicida LP (oxblood/yellow swirl)

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Satánico Pandemonium and their debut album “Culto Suicida” released by DHU Records. This is doom (with little stoner in it) from Mexico. Invasion of South-American doom/stoner bands continues. I don’t remember owning any records from Mexican bands before this one so it’s quite a good start. I like this record and hope to hear more from this band in the future. Still available from the source (band edition on black wax), DHU Records. Recommended one if you are into doooooom.



Brunt: Ataraxy LP (cream/green)

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Sometimes it’s just good to sit down and let the sound waves take you somewhere far away .. Brunt succeeds in this with his latest album perfectly. Ataraxy operates somewhere between post-rocking stoner / desert / doomed Instrumental. Missed this album when it was announced by Magic Mustache Records but managed to grab this copy afterwards. Awesome beauty and available via BandCamp.



Temple Of The Fuzz Witch: Red Tide LP (transparent red with black splatter)

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Interstellar Smoke Records has managed to release a bunch of awesome records during the year. One of them is this “Red Tide,” from Temple Of The Fuzz Witch. Operating somewhere beyond stoner/occult/doom & psych, this album manages to provide very heavy atmosphere and that is just what we are after. This beast is still available from the source, Interstellar Smoke Records and directly from the band. Highly recommended!



Slomosa: Slomosa LP (white)

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I got this debut album from Slomosa a few months ago. This rocking garage/stoner group comes from Norway and has done great job with this groovy/fuzz record. I can distantly here some echoes from 90´s desert rock on this album and it brings a smile to my face. Great start to this band and I look forward to what they will accomplish with their upcoming records, fingers crossed that there will be some. Available for example via Bandcamp & Apollon Records. Check this out!



The Crooked Whispers: Satanic Melodies LP (orange)

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Ain’t this a some bad-ass release? Surely I can feel how evil oozes from the grooves of this vinyl. This album could be some kind of soundtrack for some obnoxious human-sacrifising cult.. and I like it, a lot. Managed to grab this very limited version just because on the day of release I waited patiently in front of the screen, pressing the F5-button compulsively. Released jointly by Electric Valley Records & Techio Dischi. Available via BandCamp. Recommended!



Electric Hydra: Electric Hydra LP (white with orange swirl)

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Yet another great record & band, surprisingly from Sweden. Electric Hydra with their hard rocking self-titled debut album. Throughout years I have been wondering how come it’s possible that there comes so many awesome bands from that particular country, who knows. My journey started with Entombed and here we go again, this time with Electric Hydra. This beauty was released by Majestic Mountain Records (one of those awesome labels you should follow) and you can grab a copy for example from Season of MistSound Pollution, Experience Vinyl & Cosmic Peddler. Go for it!!



Mexicoma: Obsidian Monolith LP (blue/white)

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Hell, picture of this record (with BandCamp link) was posted to Sludge/Doom/Stoner Vinyl Collectors -group on Facebook about 3 months ago. Never before had I even heard about this band but after listening to only a opening track from this album, I was sold. Quality stoner from Sweden and this is kinda music I love to listen while driving. Tried to find a copy via Kozmik, checked out Discogs (a few copies were available) but managed to find a mint copy from Greatest Hits Mailorder! Great record and if the rumors of upcoming album are true, I will be here waiting.



Goblinsmoker: Toad King 12″ (clear with green splatter)

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Got this abomination from Sludgelord a few weeks ago.. Dirty, evil and heavy as hell. This surely is not the easiest record to listen through. Actually this recording was released a few years ago on cassette version. I missed the tape back then but now I’m happy owner of “Toad King”on most precious format, vinyl. Still available from the source, Sludgelord. Recommended one if you want to let your speakers grind your brains to porridge, like I do!



LáGoon: Father Of Death 12″ (white)

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Some time a go I purchased LáGoon’s album “Maa Kali Trip” and promised to myself that I’m gonna hunt down all recordings this band has released. Well, I didn’t have to wait too long because Interstellar Smoke Recordings released this one. Really difficult to describe which genre this band could fit into, some kinda mix of surf-garage-skate-stoner-doom or something. But who cares, record sounds amazing and I’ll continue hunting down those previous ones. Available via BandCamp (Interstellar has sold out copies they had).