Category Archives: Stoner Doom

Stoner Doom is usually the result of loving Black Sabbath too much, but it can also be made by people who get stoned. Usually the listener must be stoned because the music is boring otherwise, due to the same fuckin’ riff playing for 10 minutes. Again, it might sound good if you’re stoned, but it’s annoying to people who are sober. Occasionally a band gets it right and the warm distortion is highly pleasurable to all ears.

THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL – Red Robes (Napalm Records)

Riffs as delicious as those from the early Black Sabbath era house singing from an older world. Listening to this album, as well as the previous ones, gives a feeling of great taste, a music to be savored.

THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL - Red Robes
THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL – Red Robes

The warmth of the guitar distortion is perfectly paired with the vocal style. There is no band like The Order of Israfel, but the music sounds familiar. I had to find a video clip to show you that my words are not lies, and you should be impressed by the quality of the band live. I long for the day when I can be a member of the audience, as will you if you consent to view.

The Evil – Evil (Osmose Productions)

This sounds a tad like stoner doom, with female vocals, but the singing style isn’t heavenly.  In some ways it is ugly and husky, but it fits.  There is an occult atmosphere to the music , enhanced by supernatural-sounding vocals or instrumental phrases, which further season the songs with devilish taste.

There is a video for one of the songs, which will say much more about the band than I can describe with words.  Enjoy.

Alunah – Solennial

The standout qualities of this album are the flat female vocals and the fuzzy guitar.  That’s not an insult.  Sometimes an album like this can hit the spot.  A flat vocal performance makes it feel a bit more trance-like, and while the riffs aren’t doom per se, they are mellow, and combine with the singer to lull the ear.  

Luckily, I was able to find a video for a song, so you can hear how close my description is, and see for yourself that “flat’ does not mean “bad.”  it is the opposite of “sharp” – if you will.

Video click here

Morbid Evils – Deceases

This tasty tidbit comes to us from SVART RECORDS.

The first thing to notice is the thick production in which the guitars ooze into your ears.  The warmth of the distortion reminds me of stoner doom, but the riffs are sludge.  I like when an album makes me try to orient myself.  

The vocals are stertorous, cementing this is the sludge bracket, but the extra dimension of the guitars, the strange mix of fuzz, warmth, and atmosphere, tear at the confines.   

If you are in the mood for sludge then this will satisfy beyond expectation, and you get to enjoy some ingredients outside of the style, which is quite stimulating.