The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album

1.  High On Fire - Luminiferous 173
2.  Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Exile 71
3.  My Sleeping Karma - Moksha 43
4.  Goatsnake - Black Age Blues 40
5.  Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower 38
6.  Ufomammut - Ecate 35
7.  Baroness - Purple (write-in vote) 30
8.  Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere 27
9.  Elder - Lore (write-in vote) 13
10.  Tort - II 10
11.  Shepherd - Stereolithic Riffalocalypse 9
12.  Domovoyd - Domovoyd 8
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Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere

Having been around for over two decades, it's fair to say that Acid King is the mother of all retro-sounding female-fronted psychedelic stoner doom. Ten years removed from their previous release and suddenly finding their style being aped a million times and over, Lori and co. are here to give a master class on colossal build-ups, thick, fuzzy basslines and chilled-out psychedelia.

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Domovoyd - Domovoyd

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After dazzling us in 2013 with a groovy stoner debut that oozed of retro psychedelia and boasted beautiful artwork to boot, the Finns in Domovoyd thought they'd go 2 for 2 in 2015. Returning with their second, self-titled album, what the band has lurking within is every bit as catchy, relaxing, and hypnotizing as their debut, if not even more so, and is the perfect soundtrack for kicking back with your lava lamp and a stick or two of incense. Or for simply sharing the hippie lettuce with that old, burnt-out uncle of yours that your mother hates. Turn on, tune in, and drop out, Leary style.

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Goatsnake - Black Age Blues

It's no new news that a heavy blues influence was fundamental to the development of early metal, but rarely do bands demonstrate this legacy and fly it proudly in the way that Goatsnake do. Black Age Blues, the band's first full-length album in over a decade, is nothing less than a wonderful return to the sweet, heavy, and Southern-tinged stoner doom that the band have always been known for. Guitarist Greg Anderson makes the riffs pack a punch as usual, and the powerful wails of vocalist Pete Stahl are the icing on the cake. We're living. We're dying. We're in a black age. But at the very least, we can spin some great tunes in the meantime, and Goatsnake are happy to oblige.

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High On Fire - Luminiferous

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Luminiferous contains everything you'd expect from High On Fire. Jeff Matz and Des Kensel provide the metal framework of the band, a bass and battery backbone which makes The Terminator (Ahnuld version) seem a soft lad by comparison. Matt Pike shouts out conspiracy theory lyrics while he bashes and shreds the hell out of his guitar, following up crushing riff after crushing riff with chaotic soli. HOF are back with balls of steel.

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My Sleeping Karma - Moksha

A kaleidoscopic astral journey of epic proportions, My Sleeping Karma have been tripping on shrooms from beginning to end as they lull you into their sprawling labyrinth of fuzz, psychedelia and groove, thus liberating your damned soul into nirvana.

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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Exile

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These angry Frenchies are back again with another slab of blackened sludge. Exile marks the sophomore effort from Regarde Les Hommes Tomber and is a swell case of "more, please!" The album feels sprawling and massive, like it is being played against whipping winds on the back drop of a cliff on some hellish landscape.

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Shepherd - Stereolithic Riffalocalypse

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Coming all the way from India, Shepherd's debut is a treat for every metalhead with a serious case of the munchies. A great marriage of the groovy aspects of stoner and the crushing nature of sludge. This solid album consists of crunchy riffs, psychedelic solos, fat and smooth bass, and overall a massive sound for those hazy days when a chill-time is most needed.

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Tort - II

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No sophomore slump here... Tort are back with more ugly, gritty music that mixes some doomy vibes with crunchy thrash riffing and a swell mix of growls and shrieks. Oh, and even more soundclips from Z-grade Spanish horror flicks invoking Satam to introduce the tunes. A paella of misery.

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Ufomammut - Ecate

Italy's Ufomammut give us another round of pounded-into-submission, down-tuned guitar riffage, majestic, ambient dronescapes and explosive, energetic bass and drum lines. Thoroughly engaging and addictively entrancing, Ecate is the band's most simple and accessible release to date. However, that doesn't mean it isn't their most satisfying.

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Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower

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A signing to a huge record label, working with a big name producer, a lyricist/vocalist that transcends the genre. Can you say "major expectations"? Virginia's Windhand have delivered with Grief's Infernal Flower. Elements such as fuzzy guitar textures, slow and methodical drum beats and even a couple of acoustic songs where singer/songwriter Dorthia Cottrell's talents really shine are key cogs in Grief's Infernal Flower high appraisal throughout doom/sludge/stoner's desolate and forsworn landscapes.

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