January 12, 2017
I personally find the terms “stoner” and “doom” to be rather limiting. A lot of the bands listed here blend many influences together, however fans of these two genres will most likely find some common ground with most picks on this list. I did have to eliminate a few releases that were awesome but would hardly qualify. I had a hard time getting it down to 25 since there was so much good shit that came out last year. You’ll see a lot of repeats from most year end lists with a few random picks that struck me personally but might not have been quite as popular. The numbering system is mostly arbitrary, though I feel pretty confident in my top 10, some of which will contribute to my top 20 favorite tracks of last year list (not doom-specific).
1) Mountain Dust-Nine Years. This one also has some of my favorite cover art for the year.
2) Khemmis-Hunted. Cover art also dope as fuck. This album rips so hard and is such a fun listen. They’re like Pallbearer and Un if they partied harder. JK those dudes probably party. But you know what I mean.
3) Beastmaker-Lusus Naturae. These homies from Fresno put on such a sick live set.
4) Sumac-What One Becomes. Probably the heaviest thing I got into last year. Live set was massive.
5) Jayle Jayle-House Cricks and Other Excuses to Get Out. I love this shit so much. So much tension and americana goodness. Minimalism at it’s finest.
6) Pallbearer-Fear and Fury EP. These guys are blowing up and they deserve it.
7) Turnip-Window Killer. So sparse and AMAZING. Favorite song is “Coming for You.” I like this type of shit better than most standard doom and stoner shit.
8) Oak-Oak II. Download this for free, my dude. So robust and manly.
9) Cobalt-Slow Forever. This might’ve been higher if I had heard this earlier. Still digesting but this is heavy as fuck.
10) Cult of Luna-Mariner.
11) Conan-Revengence. Conan throws in (GASP) blastbeats? Their most listenable record so far. They were honestly too low and heavy for me until I saw them live. Then I REALLY got it. “We are all nothing. You are nothing.”
12)SubRosa-For This We Fought the Battle of Ages. Seeing them live was amazing.
13) Brant Bjork-Tao Of The Devil. The way the dude says “Gree-heen” is hilarious. Check out this music video. Literally going to buy a van now.
14) 1000 Mods-Repeated Exposure To . . .
15) Graves at Sea-The Curse that Is.
16) Holy Serpent-Temples.
17) Lament Cityscape-Soft Tissue.
18) Ortega-Sacred States. I with I had heard this earlier too.
19) Elephant Tree-Elephant Tree.
20) Youngblood Supercut-High Plains. I fucking love this track.
22) Cough-Still They Prey. They doom hard.
24) Gozu-Revival. Rock and roll, brother.
25) The Hazytones-The Hazytones.