The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album

1.  Kylesa - Ultraviolet 162
2.  Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods 124
3.  Monster Magnet - Last Patrol 94
4.  Kongh - Sole Creation 57
5.  Windhand - Soma 56
  New Keepers Of The Water Towers - Cosmic Child 56
7.  Weedpecker - Weedpecker 53
8.  Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber 40
9.  Domovoyd - Oh Sensibility 23
10.  Black Willows - Haze 18
11.  Red Fang - Whales And Leeches (write-in vote) 11
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Black Willows - Haze

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70 minutes of 70s style flashback inducing, fuzzed up, spaced out retro-astro space jams that will leave you dazed and confused. Hit play and trip balls.

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Domovoyd - Oh Sensibility

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Oh Sensibility is the kind of stoner metal that takes psychedelic distortion to new heights. Once entered, it's an unmatched mind trip through a riff miasma and vocal bending, all aided by the abundance of effects which drift away from core guitar lines. At times straightforward to follow, at others completely warped and wonderfully meandering, this is an album sure to induce a state of ecstasy in many a fan of the genre as the fumes from this thing are bordering on the tangible. So sit back and absorb in whatever way you see fit.

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Kongh - Sole Creation

If there's one thing you should expect from this album it's the inevitable availability of primate puns. Also expect four titan tracks composed of a melodic blend of sludge and doom metal, which feature colossal rhythms that pummel you so far down through the floor you no longer know which way is up. Kongh smash.

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Kylesa - Ultraviolet

One of the greatest exporters of southern sludge are back again! Ultraviolet shows another side of the band as there is much more emphasis on the psychedelic side of their music. A much darker vibe and more groove has also been added to the mix, making the album accessible, interesting, and memorable.

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Monster Magnet - Last Patrol

Monster Magnet have been one of those bands that truly just get better with age. The latest effort from Dave Wyndorf and company is a fantastic blend of all the personalities the band has delved into over their career. Chalk full of groovy stoner tunes, but also some relaxing space rock tracks that feel like nothing other than floating amongst the clouds. For nearly three decades Monster Magnet have known what makes good fun stoner music, and Last Patrol is certainly no exception.

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New Keepers Of The Water Towers - Cosmic Child

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New Keepers Of The Water Towers have unlocked a unique blend with their second full-length release. Cosmic Child is a genuine fusion of progressive rock and stoner metal of intergalactic proportions. It's a fascinating voyage through melodic nebula and acoustic passages with the added weight of impressionably doomy riffs and is an album to remember as it sees this stellar band on the rise.

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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber

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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber create some impressive music by taking an enthralling post-meets-sludge approach, then fusing in sporadic bursts of full-tilt, kit pounding black metal fury. Or, at other points, after mood is established, flowing into mid-paced, kit pounding sludge fury.

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Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods

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Having carved out a niche for themselves as a poetic and morose doom metal outfit, Subrosa have taken their sound into a more sludge-oriented style, combining abrasive crushing riffs with gracefully catchy hooks. This all comes with the support of poignant, depressive lyrics vocalized beautifully in contrast with the album's harshness, making More Constant Than The Gods one of the more challenging yet rewarding listens of 2013.

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Weedpecker - Weedpecker

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What Weedpecker lack in terms of originality they more than make up for with the tried-and-true formula of the more common and accessible types of stoner metal, but with the added weight of slight alt-rock elements. Songs are seemingly methodical in their composition to bring you the goods as directly as possible, paying homage to the genre's founders while making a name for themselves with some mind-bending melody and atmosphere.

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Windhand - Soma

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Windhand will entrance you with their 77 minutes of melancholic, droning, stoner doom on this thing. Even when it's not so great, and it is great regularly, you'll stay lost in it. Be sure to bring snacks.

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