Thank You For Not Smoking: Variations on a Stoner Doom Theme

As a genre, stoner doom has some fairly definitive characteristics: slowed-down tempos, rumbling low-end bass and rhythm, a focus on mountainous, hypnotic riffs, and a certain intangible haze cast over it all, creating a psychedelic-glazed listening experience. But perhaps most importantly, stoner metal worships at the altar of marijuana. Proudly wearing its influence on its sleeve (and name), stoner metal varyingly employs marijuana as a muse, a political rallying cause, an artistic aesthetic, and generally as the raison d’etre for the (sub)genre as a whole. From the smoke-filled cough intro in Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” to Sleep’s epic journey to Jerusalem to Dopelord carrying the genre’s torch in one hand and a bong in the other, stoner doom is fundamentally and un-apologetically intertwined with marijuana. And yet, as firm of a grip as the green leaf has on the genre, there are contingents within the stoner doom scene that don’t embrace weed with the same fervor as their counterparts. Indeed, as counter-intuitive as it seems, examples abound of bands in the stoner doom realm that either explicitly or implicitly eschew the very association with marijuana that the scene largely views as a prerequisite.

Indian Call It Quits

Bad news, everyone: Chicago’s blackened doom outfit Indian — who released the stunningly bleak From All Purity just a year ago — have apparently called it quits. The band were slated to perform at Psycho California festival and have since been swapped out with Bongzilla as of February 27th. The…

Weedeater – Jason… The Dragon

Weedeater Jason… The Dragon 01. The Great Unfurling 02. Hammerhandle 03. Mancoon 04. Turkey Warlock 05. Jason… The Dragon 06. Palms And Opium 07. Long Gone 08. March Of The Bi-Polar Bear 09. Homecoming 10. Whiskey Creek [03/15/11] [Profound Lore] It’s been four long years since Weedeater’s previous album, God…