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Monolord
Vaenir

Monolord are the boss of the low graveyard sound, thriving on destructive bass lines, or guitar riffs, with the guitars tuned in maybe drop-C so who really knows anyway. Vaenir has the killer nihilistic riffs, the warped vocals, the glorious emptiness that comes with repetition, and the slow whiplash-inducing-head-bobbing rhythm. Top tier doom metal.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EZRDR044WB)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Monolord
Empress Rising

Repress of the debut album from Swedish doom harbingers Monolord. Released in 2014 Empress Rising brings tight focus on the pure groove in the genre, mixing heavy rock and metal tonality with an audacious and powerful low frequency rumble. Taking inspiration from genre figureheads such as Electric Wizard and Sleep and adding a polished finish.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EZRDR021GB)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Warish
Down In Flames

The first thing to note about southern Californian grunge punksters is that they are led by Riley Hawk son of legendary skateboard guy Tony Hawk. Seems young Riley wants to bring the sludge back into indie rock and so has got together with a couple of pals to make something that has been described as Insecticide - era Nirvana crossed with the garage-punk of the Misfits. Expect bludgeoning riffs and lots of noise. 

Various
Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip

Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip, like Nuggets and Pebbles compilations in the past, digs up lost and forgotten classics from the 1960s. The Brown Acid series concentrates on the heavier side of things, rediscovering proto-metal and proto-stoner bands that the world has forgotten, or in some cases, never really knew. 
  • Vinyl LP (EZRDR111G)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Holy Serpent
Endless

“Holy Serpent Batman!” is something that Robin never said in the original TV series. Holy Serpent are a psych rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Their new album is called Endless. Frontman Scott Penberthy says it’s influenced by the ocean - and on tracks like Lord Deceptor and Hourglass you can hear how the ocean’s movement may have influenced the ebb and flow of the music. 

Here Lies Man
No Ground To Walk Upon

Third album from what if Black Sabbath but afrobeat band Here Lies Man. Of they've got the riffs alright, riffs aplenty. It's the rhythms that are so strikingly different. You probably won't hear Bill Ward bashing out the beats on No Ground To Walk Upon. In sum they're a party band who've managed to sneak in a bit of the the ol' \m/. Very tasty. 

Firebreather
Under A Blood Moon

I'm a Firebreather, twisted Firebreather. This Gothenburg trio aren't quite as deafening as the Prodigy but they are still quite an intense experience playing a form of monolithic riff rock that has drawn comparisons to Monolord and High on Fire. Expect billowing guitar riffs hammering away beneath the gravelly vocals of Mattias Nööjd on songs which crucially never lose the groove. 

Acid King
Busse Woods

20th anniversary re-issue of Busse Woods, the second full-length album by San Francisco-based stoner metal band Acid King originally released in January 1999 and the only album they recorded with bassist Brian Hill. Alongside an accompanying tour in 2019, it’s a great chance to enjoy the band’s influential aesthetic at a point when they had it perfected. 

Alastor
Slave To The Grave

Swedish doomsayers Alastor proudly boast that their latest LP Slave To The Grave is a ‘7-track hateful gospel’. I don’t know if you’d necessarily describe this music as hateful - most of the melodies are actually pretty tasteful - but it’s certainly heavy. This is the sort of psych-y doom metal that has kept Black Sabbath in business all these years. The lead singer’s stage name is Dharma Gheddon, which is fun.

Various
Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip

RidingEasy present another compilation of their carefully curated vintage hard rock obscurities! Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip (which surely ought to be the most powerful yet!) contains ten cuts from ten bands who were hard-chugging away in the seventies to the attention of almost no-one, all fully-licensed and from analogue sources.

Here Lies Man
You Will Know Nothing

Antibalas offshoot Here Lies Man follow up 2017’s well-received debut LP. You Will Know Nothing sees the group going just as deep on their Black Sabbath-meets-Fela Kuti thing. On a lot of the songs - lead single ‘Fighting’ for example - traditional rock instrumental roles are reversed. While the thick riffs keep steady away, a mixture of kit drums and tuned percussion are free to invent as they please. It’s a stirring psychedelic mix.

Dunbarrow
Dunbarrow II

RidingEasy (Here Lies Man, Monolord) drop the second LP from Norwegian metalheads Dunbarrow. Dunbarrow II features some cuts of hard rock very much of the Black Sabbath school. Singer Espen Andersen’s Ozzy impression is uncanny at times, and the rest of the group serve up riffs aplenty across the record’s nine tracks.

Various
Brown Acid: The Third Trip

Named after a bad batch of LSD that circulated at 1969's Woodstock Festival, Brown Acid: The Third Trip is the third in a series of critically acclaimed compilation albums by RidingEasy records. Featuring rare/unreleased tracks from bands like Factory, Grand Theft and Chook, this Vinyl LP is a unique journey through a world of hard-hitting psychadelic rock and metal.

Mick's Jaguar
Fame and Fortune

Formed as a drunken Rolling Stones covers band (hence the name I assume) Mick's Jaguar are aiming to bring back some rock and roll to the streets of New York. They are as dirty, grimy and presumably rat infested and self describe their sound as 'the night AC/DC played CBGBs.  Expect big riffs. Expect ROCK. 

SVVAMP
SVVAMP 2

Doomy rock is just what you need to . . . cheer you up? I don't know. SVVAMP2 is the, you guessed it, second released from the Swedish trio SVVAMP. Again the three friends all share vocal duties and all the instruments are treated equally. Even Swedish music is equal and fair. This one is available on vinyl LP and CD and is released on RidingEasy. 

Various
Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip

A mind-blowing, limited-edition, green vinyl compilation of obscure hard rock, psych and proto-metal from the 60s and 70s from the folks over at RidingEasy records. Dive into 10 deep cuts from bands across America and Canada, including Truth & Janey, Travis, Johnny Barnes and Zendik. A rare and totally badass collection. 

Various
Brown Acid: The First Trip

Following in the light of legendary early garage rock/ proto punk compilations such as 'Nuggets' and 'Pebbles', 'Brown Acid: The First Trip' is an eleven track compilation of rare/previously unheard of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock singles from the sixties and seventies curated by L.A.-cum-Chicago shop Permanent Records co-owner Lance Barresi an partnership with Daniel Hall of Riding Easy Records. Hunted down through dusty record bins and private collections, 'Brown Acid' is full of rock solid hits lost in their day due to various unfortunate circumstances, traced to their origins to be given a new chance at life with this official, licensed release.
  • Label(s):
  • RidingEasy

Spiny Normen
Spiny Normen

Never before released, it’s about time the mid-1970s LP Spiny Normen by heavy Houston psych-fuzzers Spiny Normen finally met contemporary UK mail-order record shop Norman Records by Norman Records. Recorded in a technical college, these eight tunes span hard rock, Jethro Tull-esque flute prog, offbeat acid scuzz and more.

Various
Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip

Fifth compilation LP in Lance Barresi and RidingEasy Records’ Brown Acid series, packed with obscure tracks from the 60s and 70s. Including Captain Foam, Mammoth, Zebra and more, The Fifth Trip is another carefully curated selection of heavy psychedelic rock. For Led Zeppelin and The Who fans looking to discover rarities and gain some extra niche knowledge to brag about.

Monolord
Rust

Swedish doom lords/riff masters Monolord return for their third full length album in the form of Rust. Bringing back the sheer groovability to the genre they mix heavy rock and metal tonality with bombastic low frequency rumbling power. Mixing genre luminaries such as Electric Wizard and Sleep with polished finish.

Various
Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip

The Brown Acid series is dedicated to excavating rare and special hard rock and psych music that was private-pressed onto 45”s back in the day. With The Fourth Trip, the heavy jams just keep on coming, all made by bands doing it for the sheer love of the rock. CD / LP compilation on RidingEasy.

Here Lies Man
Here Lies Man

Here Lies Man is an interesting concept for a band. Basically, they take the magically groovy genre of Afrobeat and then fuzz it up to psychedelic heavy rock levels. The results are pretty damn sweet: simultaneously heavy and light on its feet. Do you thrash about or simply funk out? Try both. The self-titled debut of the project is released by RidingEasy.

Monolord
Lord of Suffering ​/ ​Die in Haze

If HENCH riffery is your thing, get yer face into Monolord. Crisp and buzzsaw like tone, psychedelic flanged and spaced out vocals, but above all, riffs for days, played with a mechanical tightness. Ok, two tracks, but they provide a big ol’ shot of doom that will keep your head banging for a while.

Holy Serpent
Temples

Skater-psych rock-metal from Melbourne here, with the second album from Holy Serpent. Temples is a bit speedier than their debut, but it still fits only five tracks into a 44 minute running time, leaving plenty of time to sink into a stoner-haze of fuzz and riffs and reverbed howls. Temples is out on RidingEasy.

Salem's Pot
Watch Me Kill You

Watch Me Kill You is an LP for which demand far outstripped supply: it’s been impossible to get hold of for quite some time. Fortunately, the Riding Easy label has now relented, opening up access to this astonishingly heavy material once more. 2 side-long jams, wreathed in weed smoke and amp vibrations. Orange and purple splatter vinyl.

Salem's Pot
Pronounce This!

You can’t really see the faces of Salem’s Pot under their masks on that sleeve art, but they can see you… It's the perfect image for this Swedish gang of splatter-horror movie obsessives: a spooky threat but with a rich undertow of campy fun. That vibe flows through the hard-acid-rock of Pronouce This!, a funtime throwback to heavy guitar times of old. On RidingEasy.

Various
Brown Acid: The Second Trip

As the name might signal, Brown Acid: The Second Trip draws its sounds from the post-Woodstock era of psychy American rock. The aim here is to pull out obscure tracks and bands missed by stardom and previous compilations, and the results are fabulous and atmospheric. How could they remain so rare for so long? On RidingEasy.

Salem's Pot
The Vampire Strikes Back

The Vampire Strikes Back is a seemingly B-movie-inspired slice of garagey rock from Swedish psychedelic dudes Salem’s Pot. The band’s own original tune on the A-side is backed up with a cover of Dead Moon on the flip of this 7” single. Released on the RidingEasy label in a limited edition.
  • Label(s):
  • RidingEasy

Slow Season
Supernaut / One way Or Another

Supernaut/One Way Or Another is a limited vinyl 7” from Slow Season and it also marks the release of their debut full-length. To relax after an album launch these blues-rockers have recorded a frantic Black Sabbath cover alongside an original song. Both tunes show their burnt-out take on 1970's hard rock.

Slow Season
Slow Season

Slow Season’s self-titled debut is a scorching tribute to 1970s blues rock, with some references to their West Coast home thrown in for good measure. So, that means plenty of slide guitar solos, hoarse vocals and even some harmonica riffing. They record direct to reel to reel tape, which probably accounts for their tight dynamics and heavy playing.