RAIN DEVIL ~ THE WITCHING HOUR ....review
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1d ago
Washington's Rain Devil, Rollo (vocal/guitar); Gy (drums) and Brent (bass), bring a Northwest American twist to a sub-genre that was birthed in the back streets of the UK's city of Birmingham, we are of course talking about Black Sabbath here and the sub-genre of proto-doom.. Now let's make it clear that we are not suggesting that Rain Devil are another one of the underground rock scenes seemingly ever present Sabbathian sounding bands, far from it, but having said that it is not hard to hear aspects of that proto-doomic sound seeping into some of what Rain Devil bring to the altar table. Th ..read more
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COSMOTHER ~ BIG CHILL .... review
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4d ago
Koblenz, based German quartet Cosmother describe their sound as having "huge riffs, pounding basslines, thunderous drums and spiraling vocals" a statement which might lead you to expecting an onslaught of unrelenting heaviness. However while there is plenty of heaviness to be found in Cosmother's grooves do not let yourself be fooled into thinking that heaviness is all they bring to the table. The band, Laura (guitar/vocals); Marie (guitar); Sylvia (bass/vocals) and Wanda (drums/vocals), create a sound together that yes can get heavy in places but is also spacious, hazy a ..read more
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KAMENIAK ~ BLACK SKY SUMMER ....review
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5d ago
Kameniak, a trio hailing from Celje, Slovenia, comprises Gregor Orožim on guitar and vocals, Vid Verdev on bass and vocals, and Tijaž Messec on drums. Their sound is a fusion of Seattle's grunge and Palm Desert fuzz, enriched with garage rock and post-punk elements. Although their first two albums, "Kameniak I" and "Kameniak II," were well-received, they remained largely unnoticed internationally. However, the bands latest album, "Black Sky Summer" (ŠOP Records), could change all that, an album largely inspired by the catastrophic floods in Slovenia in 2023 but that also showcases the bands ..read more
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SUNNATA - CHASING SHADOWS ..... review
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1w ago
Desert Psychlist's ongoing love affair with the Polish underground scene is no secret in fact we will often dub something released by a band/artist from outside of Poland, whose music blends high levels of intensity and complexity with earth shaking heaviness, as having a "Polish flavour" Today we have no need to use that tag as the album we are reviewing today comes straight from the source. Sunnata, Szymon Ewertowski (guitar/vocals); Adrian Gadomski (guitar/vocals); Michal Dobrzanski (bass guitar) and Robert Ruszczyk (drums/percussion), hail from Warsaw and have since their 2014 debut "Cli ..read more
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SUN MOON HOLY CULT ~ SUN MOON HOLY CULT .... review
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1w ago
Church of Misery, Boris, Eternal Elysium, Bahboon, Hebi Katana, the list of Japanese doom and stoner orientated bands gracing Desert Psychlist's music collection is growing and today we get to add another to that list in the shape of Tokyo's Sun Moon Holy Cult an outfit who number among their influences, along with the given Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General, Acid King and Belzebong. The band are no copyists however, they use their influences to forge their own sound, a sound that is rooted in stoner doom but not restricted by it, the band using the slow low and heavy dynamics of the genre ..read more
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SPACESLUG ~ OUT OF WATER .... review
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2w ago
Poland's Spaceslug, Bartosz Janik (guitars/vocals); Jan Rutka (bass/vocals) and Kamil Ziółkowski (drums/vocals), have not put a foot wrong since the release of their debut  album "Lemanis", they are one of those rare bands who constantly deliver whether it be a full album, a one off track ("Event Horizon") or an appearance on a split album ("4 Way Split"). This year (2024) that delivery takes the form of an EP going by the name of "Out of Water" (Electric Witch Mountain Recordings), a release that sees Spaceslug cementing their place in the upper echelon of the Polish und ..read more
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SUNFACE - CLOUD CASTLES .... review
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3w ago
Most of us inhabiting this underground rock community will have albums in our collections that come from a more languid and lysergic place, we are talking here bands like Sungrazer, Causa Sui, My Brother the Wind and of course Colour Haze, outfits that could, if the mood took them, get heavy but also had that expansive, almost cosmic, thing going on as well. What seems like an age ago Desert Psychlist came across a band who fitted the above criteria perfectly, a Norwegian combo going by the name Sunface who in 2016 released their debut album "Observatory", an album we called on these very p ..read more
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RED MESA ~ PARTIAL DISTORTIONS .... review
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3w ago
If you were a purchaser/listener of Red Mesa's previous album, "The Path to the Deathless", you will remember that the core trio of Brad Frye (guitar/vocals); Roman Barham (drums/vocals) and Alex Cantwell (bass/vocals'/additional guitar) were joined by slew of guest musicians, the most notable being Wino and the late Dave Sherman, however their new release "Partial Distortions" (Desert Records/Majestic Mountain Records) is all Red Mesa. Now there will be those who disagree but we at Desert Psychlist are of the opinion that "Partial Distortion" is far better for its lack of additional music ..read more
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IRONxLUNG ~ RIFFSTANBUL ...review
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1M ago
Please do not try to trace IronxLung's journey up to the release of "Riffstanbul", you will only end up confused bewildered and nursing a giant headache, IronxLung for starters have not always been IronxLung they were once Disciples of the Apocalypse and before that Hellfire Dawn and before that ....,(the list goes on). There have been releases as a trio, a duo and on occasions as a one man project, in fact the only constant throughout has been guitarist/vocalist/bassist Joshua Stanard. We could fill up this page with the various line-ups and releases that have led up to this current st ..read more
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TYPHUZZ ~ TYPHUZZ .... review
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Germany's Typhuzz, Max Mörmann (vocals/guitar); Sebastian Örtle (drums) and Alexander Pontzhail (bass), hail from Karlsruhe and, like so many other bands in this scene, worship at the altar of Black Sabbath the result of which sees them jamming grooves not too dissimilar in flavour and style to that of their heroes. Now there are many out there who will decry the emergence of yet another heavily Sabbath influenced band, Desert Psychlist however is not among that "many". Ok nobody wants to hear a band slavishly recreate an iconic bands sound to the point that it borders on plagiarism but havi ..read more
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