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Old 05-05-2014, 09:53 AM
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Heavy Blues Rock/Psych Rock recommendations?

So I've been diving lately into heavy blues rock and psych rock and I feel like I've missed a lot of good stuff but there's a lot of noise and it's hard to find the vein of rock I really like...

First, blues. I love slow, heavy, Sabbath-esque riffs with tons of fuzz. The band Kadavar does these kind of guitar lines almost perfectly (https://youtube.com/watch?v=qLhXJ231bKY). Moreover, I love the almost exclusively bullhorn sounding vocals that comes with territory (seen also in that Kadavar video). So yea, I just love some super sweet, thick, heavy chords just blasting away. Gary Clark Jr. can do this amazingly when he wants to but it doesn't always happen (https://youtube.com/watch?v=NNH6PX-2euM)

For psych rock, it seems like I can never get a handle on bands who do it just like I enjoy it. There's an indescribable X factor that just conjures images of a 70s living room filled with smoke and everyone in the room lighting up like no tomorrow. I heard this really random cover and it's about the most perfect example I could find of that sound: https://youtube.com/watch?v=zBIj2NxdbZE
I also really dig this Hendrix track but it doesn't really get good for me until about a minute in: https://youtube.com/watch?v=LtSzhAJZSVk

Hopefully this halfway makes sense to you rock guys. I'd love to share some music around and if you guys have some suggestions, I'm more than willing to do some exploration.

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The Black Angels

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Old 05-05-2014, 11:05 AM
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Sample a few tracks from this for the psych part of the equation:

Morgen
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:36 AM
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I second The Black Angels. Also I recommend Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Also, maybe look at people who have played at Austin Psych Fest. This past year The Black Angels and Kadavar both played, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played last year. Some of the other bands definitely fit your criteria.
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:47 AM
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For psychedelic hard rock it's hard to beat the band Earthless. The first track on this album (20 min long) just blows my mind every time I hear it: https://youtube.com/watch?v=rk0f6FHyfmc
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:10 PM
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I also really dig this Hendrix track but it doesn't really get good for me until about a minute in: https://youtube.com/watch?v=LtSzhAJZSVk
Oh boy does that ever bring back good memories!

Not sure if it's what you're looking for or if you already know of it, but I'll mention Robin Trower, especially the album Bridge of Sighs:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9-8Fq0AH7LU
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:25 PM
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I think you might be looking for Fever Tree.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:14 PM
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Not sure if you're looking back in time, but for historical wildness, one must include Hawkwind's Space Ritual.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=4eQPxFfw_4Q
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:28 PM
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Perhaps Danzig's She Rides?

(Not posting link due to not particularly SFW vid. It's on Youtube)
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:55 PM
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"South Sugar" by Witch Mountain. Heavy, kind of bluesy, with awesome vocals.

"Nod Scene" by Monster Magnet. Much heavier and trippier than their later stuff.

"Warrior Woman" by Jex Thoth.

"Funeralopolis" by Electric Wizard. Might be a little heavier than you want, but riffs don't get much more monstrous..

"Demon Cleaner" by Kyuss.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:23 PM
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No one's mentioned Cream?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:25 PM
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No one's mentioned Cream?
This. Cream and Hendrix pretty much defined that. Get off my lawn.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:03 PM
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No one's mentioned Cream?
I think we all kind of assumed we didn't have to.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:15 PM
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Earlier Black Keys. I've only heard Thickfreakness and Magic Potion. Maybe their newer stuff is still like those.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:27 PM
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This may be too extreme for your tastes, but Sunn O))) has lately become a major favorite of mine.
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:13 AM
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This may be too extreme for your tastes, but Sunn O))) has lately become a major favorite of mine.
I wonder if Conrad knows they're using his logo?
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:14 AM
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Led Zeppelin.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:39 AM
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Someone already mentioned them, but I also recommend Kyuss (along with the rest of the Josh Homme bands..mainly QOTSA). Here is the intro from one of their albums:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=O8VmoqBz9Vg

They are heavy but have some great riffs.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:17 AM
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:24 AM
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I just wanted to say that I'm at work and on my iPad, which makes it extremely difficult to do links to youtube vids and that, along with my natural tendency to let others chime in before I post a wall of text with 10,000 links and stuff, has kept me from fully participating in this thread.

That said, there's already been a handful of bands mentioned that I would have listed, so that's good.

BUT, there's a lot of bands that fit the bill that have not yet been mentioned, so I promise that I'll be back to this thread soon, prolly Thursday afternoon or evening.

I'll leave you with one reco: The Machine is a three-piece band from Holland that plays an awesome kind of desert stoner rock, very like Kyuss but fuzzier, somehow. Give a listen to Sphere (... or kneiter) from their last album, 2012's Calmer Than You Are.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:09 PM
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Good, bordering on excellent, suggestions so far, I have a few personal favorites to add. Most of them are from Texas. Shoot me. I'm awful - I'll probably live. Plus, we have a lot of crazy heavy/psychedelic bands. I could have gone on all night and still have been forgiven. (Hey, pass that damn thing!)

First, the young `uns. What Needs Must Be by Dead Meadow. Everything I've heard from them has a great groove, with a great mood. The more I hear of Jason Simon's guitar playing, the more I think he's distilled psych guitar when you describe it as "Blues in Technicolor".

If I omitted my label mates The Fungi Girls or Year of the Bear, it would be out of fear of bragging. I swear to everything that makes you feel the least bit funny in the head that I am not doing some sort of self promotion, they simply rule. They're some of the best modern stoner/groove/space/psych rock I've heard. The fact that I can hear bands like that every few weeks, for the price of a beer at the bar, almost seems like a crime.


And now, for the stuff that's (gulp) more than a quarter century old.

Jimi(not its real name, its real name is a picture), by the Most Holy Butthole Surfers. Maybe it's far beyond too heavy or too psychedelic. No one would accuse it of being a half measure. My wife and I both brought a copy of that record into our marriage. She's incredible.

Hurricane Fighter Plane by the Red Crayola and the Familiar Ugly. Every song begins and ends with a free-form freak out. Even if they're not your taste, it's a Psych album that you have to hear if you haven't yet. Released the same year as both Sgt. Pepper and Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but much more sonic-ally dangerous than either. Don't expect any of their other albums to be this way, unless "this way" means "in a totally different direction than anyone else".

The Flaming Lips were an amazing heavy Psych band before they went very pop, One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning is a great example, and everything up to and including In a Priest Driven Ambulance is pretty damn great. A couple albums after that are damn good, too. After that, crazy pop ensues. I like a great deal of it, but it's not the band that I first saw in '89. That band was heavy, hungry and crazy. Realize, this is a Texan commenting on a band from Norman, Oklahoma. If I said "they don't suck", it would be great praise.

And finally, maybe it's a bit mellow for your aim, but probably the heaviest psych ever is Moon Glory and the Seventh Sun By Light Bright Highway. They were a three piece from Denton that did instrumental Psych. That's side A, each side is one track recorded live. It takes a long time for a 23 minute song to get going, but when it goes into light speed at around 10 minutes, you're really moving. It's a psych jam, but it's so heavy compared to every other jam band, that the term "jam band" doesn't even do them justice - It's Psych improvisation. Every show I saw of theirs was that good, if you see that album, buy it. I'll never sell mine. Seriously, this record defines "room full of pot smoke" for me.

ETA: oooh, Bo, quarry.

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Old 05-06-2014, 04:07 PM
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Stevie Ray Vaughan, try "Voodoo Chile" or "Texas Flood".
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:51 PM
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I've been enjoying The Dead Weather for a more blues sound.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:55 PM
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Been following this - some good choices. I have assumed the goal was to identify newer bands, not name the classics...

With that in mind, from a couple of years ago, Wolfmother and their song Woman has a nice Deep Purple-meets-Zep/Sabbath kinda feel:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xzqTz_i1NXQ
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:38 PM
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Okay, I'm still at work, but I don't want this thread to just sink so here's two more bands for y'all:

I've been pushing this band for a couple of years now, but for some reason either no one listens or no one likes them. To me, they are the single best example of a band emulating Black Sabbath, to the point of being so similar that even I sometimes have to think for a second or two when a song starts. Here's Orchid with Black Funeral and Down Into The Earth.

Tony Iommi himself said that when he first heard this band he thought it was a lost Sabbath tape or something. I've described them on my blog as sounding like Buck Dharma had moved from New York to Texas and been the 4th member of ZZ Top. Here's The Sword with a cut from their third album that shows what I'm talking about, Tres Brujas. And here's a cut from their first album that shows what Mr. Iommi was talking about, Freya.

BTW, this kind of music is now known as Doom Metal. There are variants (Sludge, Stoner, etc.), but they all share the same love/worship of Sabbath-y riffs and generally favor a slower, more plodding pace than your average rock song.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:56 PM
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Ugh!

I just got home and actually watched the videos I linked to above and I'd like to offer a new link for The Sword - Freya.

The sound quality is still compromised somewhat but not nearly as bad as that other link.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:14 PM
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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:00 AM
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Ugh!

I just got home and actually watched the videos I linked to above and I'd like to offer a new link for The Sword - Freya.

The sound quality is still compromised somewhat but not nearly as bad as that other link.
Your recommendation posts are always varied and interesting. Thanks. These guys sound pretty damn cool. And the cover to Age of Winters looks like a cool old Art Nouveau poster.
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:17 AM
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Good, bordering on excellent, suggestions so far, I have a few personal favorites to add. Most of them are from Texas. Shoot me. I'm awful - I'll probably live. Plus, we have a lot of crazy heavy/psychedelic bands. I could have gone on all night and still have been forgiven. (Hey, pass that damn thing!) .....
You made a list of Texas bands & omitted the Thirteenth Floor Elevators? Two albums: Psychedelic Sounds & Easter Everywhere. A couple of folky tunes but the rest still sound fresh....
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:47 PM
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Your recommendation posts are always varied and interesting. Thanks. These guys sound pretty damn cool. And the cover to Age of Winters looks like a cool old Art Nouveau poster.
And, like a Canadian, I have to point out that The Sword is from Texas, too.

Why? I dunno, it's the oppressive sun and the cheap weed, probably.

To bolster the case for Texas being a natural resource of heavy stoner/psych rock, I'll add Crimson Witch (caution, that link will play the rest of the album afterwards), by Billy Gibbons' first band, The Moving Sidewalks. It's not quite Sabbath, but it was released around the same time.

Well, Bridget Burke, I thought I wouldn't have to mention the Elevators. Like I said, I could go on all night. You folks should have me over for pizza.

(and hell, even the folksy tunes are trippy as hell, I even listen to Bull of The Woods)

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Nobody mentioned King Crimson yet? They're like a progressive Sabbath. You'll enjoy.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:26 PM
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This may be a little too jazzy for you, but try Frank Zappa's "Dirty Love":

SPOILER:
[Note: some NSFW images and lyrics]https://youtube.com/watch?v=_IeD525tEeI


Everybody needs a little Zap now and then...

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for some savage heavy rock, I'd check out Sir Lord Baltimore, Blue Cheer/Randy Holden, Pink Fairies, May Blitz, Atomic Rooster, Granicus, Budgie, Captain Beyond, Buffalo, Human Instrinct, Motorhead, UFO

some a bit darker: Pentagram, MC5, The Stooges, Iron Claw, Lucifer's Friend

or bluesier - Ten Years After, Groundhogs

or jazzier - Soft Machine

or more of a Psych flavor - Masters Apprentices, The Misunderstood, early Alice Cooper, 13th Floor Elevators, Hawkwind, Kaleidoscope (UK), Pretty Things, pre-1972 Pink Floyd (especially Syd Barrett years), Velvet Underground, Moby Grape

not sure how 'far out' you want your psych, but there's also the German early 70's psych scene (aka "Krautrock"), that has quite a few great bands: Amon Duul, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Can, Kraftwerk, and so many others. Just generally stick to pre-1974.

Maybe you could try out some folks suggestions, and give us your feedback? There are so many great bands, we just need some help to tailor to your taste..

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I've never been able to categorize the Sisters of Mercy and I am not sure what psych rock* is, but check out Temple of Love with the amazing Ofra Haza (RIP) doing back-up vocals. I could listen to this 1000 times and never tire of it - SoM is one of my favourite bands.

*Like Pink Floyd et al? /like. Or like Kraftwerk? /like.
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Are you familiar w/ Govt Mule?
https://youtube.com/watch?v=yS-W...nyRWI59ahPKhmE

The linked song is a familiar cover, but they've more to offer. I'm still discovering them myself, but wanted to throw it out there.

Might not be heavy enough for you, but certainly artsy and bluesy... with some balls !
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Off topic, I know, but has anyone ever listened to the Black Keys and said "get a bass player, guys." Get a bass player, guys!
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For late seventies, around 3am, when almost everyone is passed out on the big velvet couch and beanbag chairs under a pall of smoke that hangs in ribbons near the cottage-cheese ceiling while a couple who first met earlier in the evening are clumsily making out on the coffee table, out of the hexagonal end table speakers on either side of the couch, I hear some random song (take your pick) by Soul Asylum.

They are not hard or fast or complex or trippy, pretty basic, but there is some elusive thing about their music that evokes that era.
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Try Spooky Tooth -- "Evil Woman" or "Waitin' for the Wind"

And Blind Faith -- "Had to Cry Today"
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And in the Blue Cheer/Pink Fairies vein, there's always Cactus.
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BTW, this kind of music is now known as Doom Metal. There are variants (Sludge, Stoner, etc.), but they all share the same love/worship of Sabbath-y riffs and generally favor a slower, more plodding pace than your average rock song.
There's even an online store that sells nothing but this kind of music.

All That is Heavy
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:24 AM
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There's even an online store that sells nothing but this kind of music.

All That is Heavy
Aye, Dan is a good guy with a great store.

For heavy music in general, including thrash, death metal, black metal, and other more extreme forms of metal, I can also highly recommend Hellride Music.

My favorite Doom site is Doommantia, btw.
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...or we could all just listen to Maggot Brain again.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JOKn33-q4Ao
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There's still a lot of great music that fits the bill for the OP, but I'm also still working 16 hour shifts, so y'all will have to settle for some quick fixes.

For retro arena blues rock with a slightly psychedelic touch, I offer:

Graveyard - Hisingen Blues

Witchcraft - Dead End

For some moderately accessible doom, check out:

Doomriders - Heavy Lies The Crown

The Gates Of Slumber - Ice Worm
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:33 PM
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hehe I'm letting my crew do all the work today

How about some serious stoner doom psych rock?

Harsh Toke - Light Up And Live

Shrinebuilder - Solar Benediction
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All Them Witches. I just found these guys yesterday, and they fit the op to a T.
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hehe I'm letting my crew do all the work today

How about some serious stoner doom psych rock?

Harsh Toke - Light Up And Live

Shrinebuilder - Solar Benediction
Ooh.. Harsh Toke is new to me. What about Sons of Otis?

http://youtu.be/jqvZRar3fbg
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:52 PM
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Vista Chino. It's basically Kyuss without Josh Homme, and they're pretty awesome...

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Vista Chino. It's basically Kyuss without Josh Homme, and they're pretty awesome...

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New Kyuss...thanks! That album is on Spotify too
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New Kyuss...thanks! That album is on Spotify too
Listened to the whole album now...Love it! Need to listen at home so I can turn it up a bit
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Brant Bjork and the Operators.

http://youtu.be/Z-V5PBzw-Wg

Brant has drummed for Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Queens of the Stone Age.
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