10 Stoner Rock Records That You Must Own
A list of some of the stoner/desert rock albums that personally influenced my taste in music over the past 5 years. I tried to remain faithful to the early-to-mid 90’s and didn’t include anything too modern. These bands truly are the godfathers of the genre, and if you don’t own any of the physical copies of these albums – I highly recommend you use the Amazon links provided and get these added to your music collection!
Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley
Welcome to Sky Valley was recorded in early 1993 and scheduled for release in January 1994. They sneak-previewed the completed album at Foundations Forum 93 and contributed the song “Demon Cleaner” to the sampler disc.
Due to mild success from their previous album, Kyuss had been promoted from their subsidiary record label “Dali” to the main label “Chameleon.” On November 11, 1993 Chameleon Records abruptly shut down. Their joint-venture partner Elektra quickly picked up the band and scheduled the album for release in March 1994.
The album was then delayed for another three months after that, eventually being released almost a year after being initially recorded.
Dozer - In The Tail of a Comet
Karma to Burn - Almost Heathen
Almost Heathen is the third full-length album by the stoner rock band Karma to Burn. It is their second fully instrumental record after the departure of former vocalist Jay Jarosz. This is also the last album that the band released before their seven-year disbandment in 2002. It was released on September 4, 2001 in Europe by Spitfire Records.
Orange Goblin - Time Travelling Blues
Time Travelling Blues is the second album by the stoner metal band Orange Goblin released in 1998 on Rise Above Records and The Music Cartel. In 2002 it was re-released by Rise Above as a double CD packaged withFrequencies from Planet Ten (1997). This version included a cover of Trouble‘s “Black Shapes of Doom” as a bonus track on the Time Travelling Blues disc. This track was originally released on the Bastards Will Pay: A Tribute to Trouble compilation album and was also included on the original Japanese press of Time Travelling Blues.
Spiritual Beggars - Self titled
Fu Manchu - The Action is Go
The Action is Go is the fourth studio album by California stoner rock group Fu Manchu. It features new drummer Brant Bjork (Kyuss) and new lead guitarist Bob Balch, replacing Eddie Glass and Ruben Romano, who left to form the band Nebula.
According to an AllMusic review, the new lineup provided Fu Manchu with “the impetus and inspiration to really start moving forward,” and the resulting album demonstrates the band’s “punk energy, classic rock drive, psychedelic crunch, and heavy-ass grind all at once.” The album was produced by Jay Noel Yuenger of White Zombie, who contributed some additional instrumentation.
Monster Magnet - Dopes to Infinity
The song “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” became the band’s first hit single, after having appeared the previous year in different form in the American movie S.F.W.. Other tracks, such as the title track and “Dead Christmas” however, received little or no airplay, resulting in sales of the album being only slightly better than their previous album, Superjudge. The album did reach #51 on the UK Charts and #30 in the German Charts. A music video was made for the song “Negasonic Teenage Warhead”.
In 2011, Monster Magnet revisited the album when they embarked on “Dopes To Infinity 2011: The European Tour”, performing the album live in its entirety at several European locations.
The Atomic Bitchwax - Self titled
Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
Dopethrone is the third studio album by English doom metal band Electric Wizard. It was released in 2000 throughRise Above Records and re-released by the same label in 2004 and 2007 with an extra song.
Dopethrone, along with Come My Fanatics…, is often cited as Electric Wizard’s seminal release and the highpoint of their career. Reviewers have described it as “some of the absolute slowest, heaviest doom imaginable” and have said “it may well be the finest record to emerge from the whole British stoner-rock scene”. Speaking to Kerrang! in July 2009, Jus Oborn remembered: “Most of us were stuck in some drug addiction or alcoholism at the time, and it was just pure hate. It was us against the world, and we just wanted to make the most disgusting, foul, putrid record that anyone has ever recorded. We camped out at the studio, so it was literally just wake up, consume as much fucking drugs as possible, and then just start jamming.”
On this album, Electric Wizard’s very slow, heavy and psychedelic sound became more abrasive and aggressive. Jus Oborn‘s vocals are heavily manipulated and low in the mix and the guitars are extremely fuzzy.
Melvins - Houdini
Houdini is the fifth album by the Melvins, released in 1993 on Atlantic Records. The album was the band’s major label debut after releasing their previous albums on the independent label Boner Records.
The album features a cover of the 1974 KISS song “Goin’ Blind“. The songs “Hooch”, “Lizzy” and “Honey Bucket” were released as singles with accompanying music videos. “Night Goat” is a partial re-recording of a song the band had released as a single in 1992. Kurt Cobain is given co-production credit alongside the Melvins on six tracks, for guitar on the song “Sky Pup”, and percussion on the song “Spread Eagle Beagle”.