The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album

1.  Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun 382
2.  Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend 95
3.  Slugdge - Gastronomicon 62
4.  The Atlas Moth - The Old Believer 30
5.  Coffinworm - I.IV.VII 23
6.  Bongripper - Miserable 18
7.  Herder - Gods 17
8.  Indian - From All Purity 16
  Truckfighters - Universe 16
  Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian 16
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Bongripper - Miserable

[Usual comparison between drony stoner sludge/doom and drug use]. A single listen of Bongripper's latest effort will make you so high you'll probably get a very serious case of the munchies. Om nom nom nom cookies and riffs, riffs, riffs.

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Coffinworm - I.IV.VII

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There's been a tendency with a few blackened sludge bands of releasing powerhouse debuts, and then not following up on the energy with subsequent releases. Not so with Coffinworm. Returning in triumph, their second full length retains all the fury of their debut, but instead channels it into more of a seamless fusion between the sludge and the black metal. Catchy and pummeling, this album is mandatory listening for lovers of all things filthy and vicious.

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Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian

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Crafting masterfully hypnotic songs that bend the fabric of spacetime, newcomers Ethereal Riffian take all the best parts of progressive music and sludgy stoner doom to make one of the year's most intricately produced albums in Aeonian. This four-track album is an aural journey through vast galactic landscapes and the deepest meditative states of bands such as Tool and Sleep.

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Herder - Gods

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Want some barelling sludge that's groovy as all hell? Herder are in your corner. With pounding, catchy riffs, excellent production, and quite impressive guitar leads to boot, the sophomore album of these newcomers raises their bar quite high, and clearly demonstrates that they're going places with their music. Look up heavy in the dictionary, and you'll find a little note that says *see Herder.

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Indian - From All Purity

Indian are easily one of the most abrasive of all blackened sludge bands, and From All Purity is an excellent testament to this. With a gritty production that wants nothing more than to churn you into dust, and riffs heavy enough to knock you over a wall, this album is a monster not to be taken lightly. The demented vocals of Dylan O'Toole, some of the most violent in the style, are an instrument in their own right, and serve as the perfect fuel to an already smoldering fire.

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Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun

Sporting a slew of genuine new fan favorites such as "The Motherload" and "Chimes At Midnight," Mastodon's latest effort took the world by storm with its earthy textures and not-quite-any-of-the-previous-albums approach. Featuring some of that good, ol' Mastodon-brand crushing bluesiness, hazy metallic lumbering, and trademark vocal tag-team, Once More 'Round The Sun will crush/destroy your eardrums. By the time it's over, you'll be itching to throw this album once more 'round the turntable.

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Slugdge - Gastronomicon

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For those not in the know, Slugdge is a young sludge (duh) metal band that is not unfamiliar with these awards, as their slimy previous album was one of the nominees for best debut in 2013. After less than a year, Slugdge unleashed yet another piece of deliciously catchy and aggressive metal with varied songwriting and influences. Once you hit play, you will understand how these slugs managed to come this far so quickly.

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The Atlas Moth - The Old Believer

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The Old Believer is a melting pot of musical ingredients. It's extreme yet atmospheric, claustrophobic yet emotional; its sludge/stoner metal is aggressive and yet delicate. It's a game of opposites attract and connect. The Atlas Moth merges and overlaps dualities and several types of vocals: cleans, screams, shrieks, all freely inhabiting one place at the same time. Overpowering at times, The Old Believer is truly one of a kind.

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Truckfighters - Universe

Move over, BP! Truckfighters are here to outdo you with an even more hazardous oil spill... FOR THE BRAIN!! Be prepared for hot, sticky fuzz slowly creeping into your auditory canals and filling the fissures of your cortex with a thick layer of groove! There's no cure and no vaccine, so you better stay clear; unless you have a thing for infectious stoner rock that sounds like the sonic equivalent of a dust devil.

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Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Mankind once believed the earth to be flat. Yob make it so. Their latest heavy haze of persistent stoner sections parts eventually, to reveal doom signifying steamrollers of rhythm and riff. Therein there's "Nothing To Win." Yet, as the slowing of time taken becomes irrelevant, there's also nothing to lose.

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