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Once a month, The Sonic Sofa jettisons some of the heaviest and coolest releases from the past month straight to your ear holes. The reviews are byte size to pack in even more jams. Click on links to support the musicians and use the built in song players to listen to stoner rock while you read! 

Fox Medicine release new full length, Doom Candy

Fox Medicine’s style is lavishly plush and definitely bubble-gummy. Strings and vocals are credited to Neezy Dynamite, who delivers high-flying melodies and some downright nasty riffs. Drums and percussion are performed by Vanny Keeps. The doomy Portland, Oregon duo released their new single, Dream Car, ahead of their new album, Doom Candy, which dropped on April 14. Find all of their music on Bandcamp.

New stoner blues album from Rainbow Bridge

Italian rock trio, Rainbow Bridge, produce a wall of sound that falls somewhere between blues and electric psychedelia. They’ve got a heavy blues groove with a classic rock sound and psychedelic aura, dripping with awesome guitar effects and catchy vocals. Check these guys out if you’re into bands like early Sabbath, King Hobo, or Kamchatka. Their new album, Drive, was released in March.

Hermopolis releases new single, Pontic Winds

Hermopolis formed roughly 4,000 years ago in Upper Egypt. In present times, the group is reportedly building up a mystical and ritualistic doom-mension in Europe and have released their first two digital singles, Pontic Winds and Al​-​Qarafa. Check out the band’s linktree for access to all of their platforms and music.

Dozer is back with a new single and album announcement

Dozer is back after a decade since their last release. They announced their eighth album, Drifting in the Endless Void will drop on April 21. In the meantime, they have released a couple of new singles, Ex-Human, Now Beast and Dust For Blood. The influential Swedish stoner rock group are as heavy as ever, with some super crunchy riffs, precise drum work, and high flying vocals.

Sun Mass release massive, low-end heavy stoner rock album

Missouri’s Sun Mass is the instrumental stoner doom project of Taylor McKnight who performs all instruments, as well as production and mastering on his debut record. The album, There’s Nothing Here, is insanely bass heavy, with an immense and awe inspiring emphasis on the low end. It features some cool artwork by Pnyxartwork. This is the perfect doom album for headbanging on a road trip or grooving to on the sofa.

Saint Karloff’s new single, Psychedelic Man, from upcoming album, Paleolithic War Crimes

Oslo’s Saint Karloff has announced their third full length, Paleolithic War Crimes. If their new single, Psychedelic Man, is any indication, the album is going to be a serious headbanger. Huge riffs, infectious guitar hooks and vocals, and a groovy rhythm section, this track has it all. The Norwegian power trio is dedicating the album to bassist, Ole Sletner, who lost his battle with cancer in 2019. For fans of bands like Clutch and early High on Fire. Paleolithic War Crimes releases June 2.

New stoner influenced alternative rock from Ruff Majik

Ruff Majik is a four piece rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. The group blends desert rock tendencies, alternative-rock vocals, some sizzly guitar work, and the occasional horror movie sound-byte, into their own unique blend of riffy action. Active since 2015, the group is set to release their sixth full length album in April. The record is called Elektrik Ram, and the group has released several promotional singles: Queen of the Gorgons, Cement Brain, Elektrik Ram, and She’s Still a Goth.

Necropolitan, the spaced-out new album by Green Yeti

Hailing from Athens, Greece, Green Yeti is a three piece stoner doom band that specializes in delivering spaced out doom metal with a particularly raw and live sound. Their new album, Necropolitan, features a brutally deep and sinister bass tone, paired with an epic sounding drumset. Complete with exploratory guitar riffs, tons of spacy interludes, and a variety of vocal styles, Green Yeti have produced yet another ripping album.

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Swan Valley Heights release third heavy stoner rock album, Terminal Forest

Swan Valley Heights is back with their third offering, Terminal Forest, an engaging and powerful stoner rock album. The German four piece group came on to the scene in 2016 with their self titled release, followed by The Heavy Seed in 2019. With the release of Terminal Forest, SVH have completed a nearly perfect trilogy of their own style of heavy, riff driven, spaced out stoner rock.

Dario Puggioni produced the surreal cover artwork

The band has stayed true to their style over the years, but have only gotten tighter and more creative. Similar to bands like Weedpecker and Spaceslug, SVH produce walls of heavy riffs, bathed in a heavy psych atmosphere develops and breathes with each composition.

The songs range in length from the three minute instrumental, Space Bash III, up to the 12 minute closer, Star Fever. With six tracks totaling 46 minutes, buckle up for an intense, engaging musical experience, with layers of psychedelic complexity.

1. Microbe Galaxy 11:24
2. The Hunger 5:11
3. Space Bash III 3:08
4. Terminal Forest 10:00
5. Looking For Bird Pet 4:18
6. Star Fever 12:19

The rhythm section is an absolute behemoth, with rock solid drums perfectly synced with a beefed out bass tone. Tracks like Terminal Forest highlight the band’s deep groove, with the bass taking a cool lead at the beginning while the song turns into a huge driving riff. And those guitars… flowing seamlessly from heavy riffage, to blazing, wah-infused leads, to spaced out, exploratory psych patterns. The guitars contain some seriously catchy hooks, like on instrumental headbanger, Space Bash III. Looking for Bird Pet, probably the best track title on the album, up there with “My First Knife Fight” from The Heavy Seed, also unleashes an awesomely massive headbanger riff. Listen for some awesome drum work and a huge riff with some wah-pedal drenched leads on the sprawling Star Fever.

Like their past work, the album tends towards an instrumental approach and the musicians definitely have deepened their groove over the years. No less can be said for the diverse vocals, which continue to be engaging and perfectly placed in the album to evoke emotion. Opening track, Microbe Galaxy, showcases the vocals nicely, with some great harmonies at the end. The Hunger features vocals on the mellower side, but with the addition of some grungy harmonies. The lyrical content tends towards the musing, reflective side.

The album was mixed and mastered at Tonmeisterei Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany. Dario Puggioni produced the wildly surreal cover artwork. The album is available on Bandcamp through Fuzzorama Records, where you can find the album on CD, vinyl, and streaming. Go to the band’s website for the latest news and tour information. They’re also active on social media. If you’re into well produced heavy psych music, punctuated with sections of heavy riffs, Swan Valley Heights is worth checking out.


JUN 24 StoomFest – London, UK

JUL 14 Stoned From The Underground – Erfurt-Stotternhei, Germany

AUG 11 Hoflärm 2023 – Seelback, Germany

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The Sonic Sofa’s New Music Payload for March 2023: Featuring Temptress, Bog Monkey, Skull Servant, and more…

We’re introducing the new “Payload” series, where once a month, The Sonic Sofa jettisons some of the heaviest and coolest releases from the past month straight to your ear holes. The reviews are quick so we can pack in even more jams. Click on links to support the musicians and use the built in song players to check out the bands while you read! Follow us on social media, let us know what you think of the The Sonic Sofa, and scroll to the end of the article for a free sticker!

Temptress release riffy debut album, See

Dallas stoner rock band, Temptress, released their debut album, See, on March 3rd. The Texas trio produces a grungy mix of stoner rock with plenty of chuggy riffs. The album features vocals provided by all band members, making for a diverse male and female mix, as well as some nice harmonies. See is available through Metal Assault Records and on Bandcamp. Check out Temptress if you’re into bands like Wo Fat.

New stoner metal from Bog Monkey

Bog Monkey are back with Hollow, their first full length record following their self-titled EP. Hollow is a riffy blend of stoner metal with aggressive vocals, tons of fuzzy guitar tones, and some awesome extended jams. The Atlanta, GA trio recorded their album at the Jam Room in South Carolina. It’s available on CD and streaming on Bandcamp. Check these guys out if you’re into bands like 10,000 Years.

Abanamat release trippy self titled debut

Abanamat is a Berlin-based four piece heavy-psych band. Their self-titled debut is mostly instrumental, but some tasteful, melodic vocals do come into play on a few of the tracks. Listen for lots of heavy blues jams, detailed heavy-psych audioscapes, and some awesome Middle Eastern influence, especially in the guitar leads. Check this out if you’re a fan of bands like Earthless. The album is on Bandcamp and pre-orders for CD and Vinyl are through Interstellar Smoke Records.

High and Low, groovy new stoner rock album by Eta Lux

Blending elements of stoner rock, doom, and psych, Germany’s Eta Lux produce music cram-packed with huge riffs and groovy stoner rock turnarounds. They’ve got a bluesy swagger, in-your-face vocals, and a cool overall sci-fi vibe. Fans of sci-fi rock like Droids Attack will appreciate these guys. Eta Lux’s new album, High and Low, is available on Bandcamp, on vinyl and streaming.

New music video from Poor Little Things

Poor Little Things has released a music video for their new single, One for the Road. The Australian band is a collaboration of Tina Jackson and Rollerball/The Marlboro Men guitarist, Dave Talon. The track has some brutal, 70’s-style metal riffs and some attitude filled female vocals. Check the music video, which has an awesomely retro Road Rash feel to it, and then go to their Bandcamp page to check out the rest of their releases.

Full-blooded, psychedelic doom from Hail the Void

Hail the Void is a psychedelic doom band from British Columbia, Canada. On their new album, Memento Mori, the band delivers a full-blooded onslaught of huge, slow riffs and tortured vocal melodies. Think Monolord level heaviness with the attitude of 1001 Mods and you’ll get the idea of the level of awesomeness of Memento Mori. The album is availabe on CD and vinyl on Bandcamp through Ripple Music.

Black Helium’s immersive new psych album, Um

London’s Black Helium have pushed the psychedelic boundary once again with the release of their beefy, 46 min EP, UM. The release has five impressively orchestrated compositions, transcending genres by blending space rock, doom, and heavy psych. It has an experimental sound with immersive psych textures. Black Helium is almost like if Black Sabbath and Tame Impala had a baby, and the baby was Elder, but from a different dimension. UM is available on CD and streaming on Bandcamp.

Skull Servant release Astral Apothecary

Psychedelic doom metal trio, Skull Servant, released their three song EP, Astral Apothecary, in March. The Chapel Hill, NC trio pack a witch’s cauldron of raw riffs, fuzzy bass, and occult lyrics into the release, and with track names like “Incantaion, Witch Fight, and Lucifer’s Reefer,” you know you’re in for a fun, wild ride. Check out Skull Servant on Bandcamp.

Anima, the new single by Sueños

Sueños is a psych rock group from Cape Town, South Africa. Anima is the first of a series of tracks that the four piece group have planned for release in 2023. On it, the band delivers a chill blend of flowing psych rock with a retro sound, enhanced by the fact that it was recorded live in the studio. Check this out if you’re into bands like Lewis & the Strange Magics. The group is active on social media.

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