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.



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.



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.



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.



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!



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.



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).



Sun Of Grey: Outerworld LP (black)

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Here is one of the most played records in our household recently, Sun Of Grey and their album “Outerworld”. Outstanding beauty filled with doom-psych-stoner from first groove to very last one. Been listening to this one while driving to work and back, daily for a few weeks now and loving it more and more. I spotted this band via Captain Beyond Zen (Facebook) and bought a copy at that same day. Don’t know about the limitation of this vinyl but the band seems to have some copies still available on their BandCamp site. Go for it!



Fostermother: Fostermother LP (black)

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One of those records I nearly missed, Fostermother and their self-titled debut album. This band sounds amazing with their doomed stoner, flavored with some heavy vibes. I bought my copy from Cosmic Peddler (states) although I knew some copies would be coming up for sale at Kozmik Artifactz here in Europe. Surprise, surprise those copies came available at Kozmik just a few days after my order arrived .. That’s how it goes. Well, money well spent and I’m happy with my copy. Limited to 50 copies on black wax, 50 copies on golden vinyl and 100 copies on gold/black marbled vinyl (seems that Peddler has black version, autographed, still available) Recommend one, so don’t wait too long..



Lucifungus: Derek LP (secret stash edition)

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Some really nasty doomed sludge/stoner from Australia brought to you by Black Farm Records. Band is called Lucifungus and this is their second album named as “Derek”. Debut album Akuma Kin stole my attention a few years ago (still under some heavy rotation) and when this new one was announced the purchase decision was obvious. This is “secret stash” edition, limited to 100 copies, and sad to say it’s sold out (surprise, surprise) but you still can grab a orange-colored version from the source, Black Farm Records. Recommended!