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MARGARITA WITCH CULT: new video ‘The Witchfinder Comes’ streaming

UK doom rockers MARGARITA WITCH CULT present an intoxicatingly heavy second video taken from their awaited self-titled debut album, to be released on April 21st through Heavy Psych Sounds. About new single ‘The Witchfinder Comes’, the band comments: “A macabre tale of an impending witch hunt climaxing with the subject running in fear over the spiraling coda. The slab of bludgeoning ’70s style proto-metal is a stadium-sized version of the song which first appeared on the band’s demo cassette which brought the band to the public eye in 2022.” Watch new video ‘The Witchfinder Comes’ on The Sleeping Shaman Get […]

HPS Fest California tickets, timetables available

Day splits and timetables are now available for HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST CALIFORNIA, the stoner and doom festival taking place simultaneously in San Francisco and Joshua Tree over the weekend of March 25-26th. Founded and curated by European music label Heavy Psych Sounds Records, HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST has become a trademark event among heavy and fuzz rock lovers by taking over major European cities from London to Rome, Bruxelles and Paris since its inception in 2015. Embracing the success of the 2019 and 2022 editions, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest returns to California with its biggest lineup to date. Combining […]

Doom metallers COSMIC REAPER share new track off Doom Sessions Vol. 7 split EP with ENDTIME; out January 20h on Heavy Psych Sounds

North Carolina’s stoner doom merchants COSMIC REAPER premiere their new song ‘Sundowner’, taken from the Doom Sessions Vol.7 split EP with ENDTIME to be issued through Heavy Psych Sounds. Says COSMIC REAPER: “The song is about someone with a debilitating brain disease succumbing to paranoid hallucinations in the dark. We’re capable of creating a lot more horrors in our minds than we ever could in reality. With ‘Sundowner’, we went for something groovy, but foreboding, with an ending that descends into madness. But, more importantly, we hope this track makes you bang your head!” Listen to COSMIC REAPER’s new track […]

Album Review: Nebula – Transmission From Mothership Earth

‘Highwired’ has a catchy riff-and-rhythm combination – as catchy as I’ve ever heard from the trio, to be fair. That mix, though. 33 seconds in I cringed at the sheer wrongness of it all. At the 1:12 mark, I was starting to get it, to let a bit of the groove and displacement of vocals, the chitter-chattery guitars into my uncloudy, not-high brain. By 2:30, I was all in, impressed that a band I never really cared for managed to pull something out of its baggie that not only held my attention, but take notice. Bluesy in a slinky sort […]

US sludge metal unit WITCHPIT unleashes hectic new lyric video ‘The Weight Of Death’; debut album out this March on Heavy Psych Sounds

South Carolina-based sludge punk four-piece WITCHPIT deliver their brand new single and lyric video ‘The Weight Of Death’ exclusively on Cvlt Nation website. Their debut album will be released on March 25th via Heavy Psych Sounds Records. With a sound that melds the savage metal grit of High On Fire, the southern nihilistic flair of Eyehategod and the unstoppable sludge punk fire of Black Tusk. About the song, WITCHPIT comments: “‘The Weight Of Death’ is about the elites — ruling class profiting off of the sale – the destruction of our planet — while we the masses carry the weight […]

-(16)- and Grime stream devastatingly heavy split EP in full

L.A.-based sludge metal giants -(16)- and Trieste’s revered filth merchants GRIME partnered up with Cvlt Nation to premiere their devastatingly heavy Doom Sessions Vol. 3 split EP, coming out this February 26th on Heavy Psych Sounds. Following along the elephantine trail marked by Conan and Deadsmoke’s Doom Sessions Vol. 1, and Acid Mammoth and 1782’s Doom Sessions Vol. 2, Heavy Psych Sounds keep making the world rumble with their ‘Doom Sessions’ split series, pairing together some of the most frighteningly heavy bands on earth. This third chapter features five caustic, aggressive and previously unreleased tracks by Relapse Records stalwarts -(16)- […]

BONGZILLA: new single ‘Sundae Driver’ + album preorder available on HPS Records

Midwest sludge behemoths and all-time weed metal pioneers BONGZILLA unleash their brand new single ‘Sundae Driver’ exclusively on Decibel Magazine. The song is taken from their forthcoming fifth album Weedsconsin, due out April 20th and available to preorder now through Heavy Psych Sounds. Featuring a three-piece lineup of all original members—bassist/vocalist Muleboy, guitarist Spanky and drummer Magma, ‘Sundae Driver’ delivers the kind of hazy, heavy-as-hell doom that BONGZILLA earned their reputation peddling. The riffs on ‘Sundae Driver’ are low and slow, sounding like they originate in a smoke-filled room; paired with a flattening rhythm section, the instruments create the ideal […]

WEDGE: new song ‘Across The Water’ available for streaming

Berlin-based classic rock specialists WEDGE have recently announced the release of their third studio album, Like No Tomorrow, on Heavy Psych Sounds. To follow with roaring first single, ‘Computer’, the trio reveals a second single with ‘Across The Water’. “Although the new album is packed with straight-forward rock songs like our first single ‘Computer’, there are also a few somewhat mellower tunes with a psychedelic touch. ‘Across The Water’ is one of them. An electric piano played through a rotating Leslie cabinet, harmonized vocals, tremolo and fuzzy tape-delayed backwards guitars are building the dreamy soundscape of this song.” says the […]

Album Review: Big Scenic Nowhere – Lavender Blues [EP]

I would’ve skipped on BIG SCENIC NOWHERE’s Vision Beyond Horizon of earlier this year by virtue of not only the terms “stoner rock” and (even worse) “desert rock” being bandied about, but the trifecta of disinterest was reached with the knowledge that a member of FU MANCHU figured heavily into the band’s makeup. That band and their sonic cohorts in the Dune Buggy/Shaggin’ Wagon set of fun-in-the-sun weed worshippers are just not my type of stoner anything, rock or otherwise. They’re simply doing it wrong. The announcement of the release of Lavender Blues, however, caught my eye in a big […]

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE ‘Lavender Blues’ EP Out on October 23rd on Heavy Psych Sounds

Listen to new single ‘Lavender Blues’ at THIS LOCATION Anyone familiar with the terms “Stoner Rock” or “Desert Rock” have surely heard the names FU MANCHU or YAWNING MAN. If you’re a die hard fan of the genre, or a causal observer, you know that both bands have been dishing out quality material since the beginning. While stylistically different, both bands occupy legendary status. FU MANCHU’s sun-drenched, stratospheric, fuzz worship sound and YAWNING MAN’s ethereal, ambient delay have never been crossbred until now. It’s certainty a good time to be alive if you’re a fan of either band. While the […]