List: Top 10 Psychedelic, slow and Heavy Albums of 2015.

January 3, 2016

So I’m still a ways out from finishing my Favorite tracks of 2K15 list. I still have over 50 tracks that I need to trim down to 20. I figured i’d do this list to balance out the representation in track choices. Slow and heavy music has easily been my most digested music choice since 2010. It’s also the type of music that I’m most likely to listen to in an album format from start to finish. Here’s a list of my favorite releases this year covering doom, stoner, psychedelic and proto-metal. I’m not big on classifying sub-genres and I’m sure at least some of these groups are the same way so the only requirements as far as actual sounds is the album has to be SLOW or HEAVY or TRIPS YOU OUT, MAN. Or JAMMY or MAKES YOU LOSE TRACK OF WHAT DAY/YEAR it is. Also, another requirement is that I had to purchase the whole album. This takes off a good bunch of my list of favorite tracks so I can have a more balanced representation, though some groups from this list will be on the next. Hey, man. They’re my lists. I can do what I want.

The List:
1) UN-The Tomb of All Things. Did you dig Pallbearer in 2012? Yeah, me too. Were you wishing there were more groups out there that had those triumphant passages done slower than a cold molasses jar tipped on it’s side? Were you wishing it was just a little bit HEAVIER? If so, just buy this. Don’t ask any more of yourself. Stop reading this paragraph and buy it. Do it. Right now.

I know that this being at the top of my list is kind of like cheating because I’m still in the honeymoon phase with it (released in December). But I can’t help it. The riffs are too massive. The effects are so tasteful. I even love the cookie monster vocals mixed with the straight up YELLING. This is a good one to introduce to your friends if they dug Pallbearer or Pilgrim.

2) All Them Witches-Dying Surfer Meets His Maker. Least heavy album on the list. It’s not heavy at all actually. Well, it’s heavy in that dark, jammy folk sort of way. I guess this whole thing was recorded in a cabin somewhere so of course I ate that shit up. But this is legit my favorite album released this year across all genres. Best consumed while making art, working or otherwise being creative. The sequencing from track to track is fantastic.

3) Spelljammer-Ancient of Days. Massive riffs abound, hashishian dragon riding astronaut. One look at the cover art and you know what you’re getting yourself into.

I mean... LOOK at that.

I mean… LOOK at that.

4) Serial Hawk-Searching for Light. This band is so goddamn sick. The recording almost catches how massive their sound actually is in real life. Almost.

5) CHRCH-Unanswered Hymns. Sorry I’m not sorry. These hometown homies get a top placing on my list and I don’t care how not cool that makes me. I think I literally saw these guys (and girl) play like 7 times this past year; a lot of the time because they were opening up for a bigger band rolling through town. So I’ve literally heard the album several times over before I bought the thing. And it’s STILL good. Chris (guitar) has been killing it with booking a lot of really great shows in Sacramento. I’m thankful he’s so good at his job so I have something to do after I get off work at like 9 every night.

6) Lament Cityscape-The Torn. I was not aware of these guys till I saw them live. I’d advise you to see them as well. And I advise you to wear earplugs while doing so. Legit loudest show I saw this year. The album as a whole is fantastic. Very dark. Very heavy. Atmospheric during some passages but they never stray too far away from a nice groove. I had this on while I was driving to Reno in a snowstorm and it was terrifying.

7) Goya-Obelisk. I legit thought I was listening to Electric Wizard when I first heard this thing. But not like in a bad way because Electric Wizard hasn’t done anything I’ve been interested in since their very early material. These guys carry on the torch to a new generation of dirtbags. And they do it with less HP Lovecraft Shtick and more melody.

8) Graveyard-Innocence and Decadence. Yes, I know. Another Proto-metal band. I just think they do it better than the others. This album in one word is very FUN. Whether or not that’s a good thing is up to you. A good pick for fans of Kadavar or Ghost who also release some good sounds this year.

One of my top 20 favorite tracks this year.

9) Acid King-Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere. One of the originals from the 90’s stoner genre and SF locals GET THE BAND BACK TOGETHER and release a home run.



10) White Dwarf-ISM Demo. Yeah, I know it’s a demo. I know it’s free. But I listened to it a lot and it’s good. Leave me alone.

Download this.

Honorable mentions:

11) Dopethrone-Hochelaga. This shit is just straight up evil. Contains one of the only tracks that could be considered a hit single out of all these albums; Scum Fuck Blues. “Smoke, drink, die.” Really makes you think, ya’know?

Def on my top 20 tracks of the year list.  Check out this very NSFW music video.

12) Monolord-Vaenir. Your friend wants to know what “doom” sounds like. You could go with the tried and true staples. Or just show him this. That fuzz on that bass tho. Just evil sounding.

13) Trapped Within Burning Machinery-The Filth Element. I should really leave it at this is a FIFTH ELEMENT CONCEPT ALBUM and leave it at that. Actually I think I will. It’s pretty good though. Check it out.

14) Weedeater-Goliathan. My favorite band to see live.

Dixie Dave is a personal hero of mine.

Dixie Dave is a personal hero of mine.

15) High on Fire-Luminiferous. Because Matt Pike being Matt Pike.

Young Matt Pike.

Young Matt Pike.


2 Responses to “List: Top 10 Psychedelic, slow and Heavy Albums of 2015.”

  1. Sarah Abigail Frasher said

    Ugggh, the best music. So looks like I’ve found my ultimate place to lift. And it’s on the other side of the fucking country. Whhhhhy??
    Oh well. Can I order one of the Occam Athletics tshirts and be a sad poser over here in my boring Ct gym?

    • bclaridad said

      You gotta come visit! Every Wednesday during my session, I’ll usually blast Dopesmoker for all out % work. The place looks a little bit better every month too.

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