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the "genres" of stoner metal, sludge, and post-metal all seem to bleed/flow together at various times so playing metal bartender, i've cooked up this list of albums those interested in the genres can use as suggestions/starting points. this is just a basic primer with 25 albums... not a definitive list by any stretch. just albums i love. some are landmark releases that helped define the genre... while others are recent releases from cool bands that MS/labels have helped me uncover. Enjoy.

(not in any specific order!)

Created by: BitterCOld | 27.09.2011



1. Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops
Pogo-approved vileness
2. Baroness - Blue Record
sludge-lite with lots of 70's rock
3. Down - NOLA
Anselmo's Nawlins stoned side project
4. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion
"I love this album!" - Matt Pike's missing shirt
5. Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun
stoner doom from the "high" desert
6. Corrosion Of Conformity - In The Arms Of God
hard-core turned southern stoner rawk
7. Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
pot-fueled Sabbath worship jams
8. Sleestak - The Fall Of Altrusia
stonerdoom jams from beyond the pylon
9. Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder
sludgey supergroup
10. Kylesa - Time Will Fuse Its Worth
where tension - and aggression - unfolds
11. A Storm Of Light - As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
as the valley of post becomes us, our stoned memories blaze
12. Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt
post-cure metal
13. Ufomammut - Eve
fuzzed out Italian jams
14. Torche - Meanderthal
sugary thunderpop fun
15. Buzzov•en - ...At A Loss
you will hate this album. it hates you.
16. Ortega - 1634
nederlander nautic stonersludgedoom
17. Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
crushing landmark
18. Minsk - The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment
spacious trippy post-sludge
19. Eibon - Entering Darkness
blackened sludgedoom
20. Dukatalon - Saved By Fear
RUN! riffs!
21. 5ive - 5ive
5antastic post-instrumental
22. Rising - To Solemn Ash
copenhagen sludgenriffen
23. Eyehategod - Take As Needed For Pain
... won't fix your pain, though
24. Tombs - Fear Is The Weapon
blackened urban sludge
25. Mastodon - Leviathan
White! Whale! Holy! Grail!



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Mr. Doctor - 27.09.2011 at 18:53  
Really cool list Craig although I disagree (quite strongly) with one album in particular.
When the Kite String Pops >>>>>>>>>> Paegan Terrorism Tactics
Both in quality and importance for the genre... But that's just a minor detail compared to the whole picture of the list.
Also, Pogo didn't make the painting from PTT.
BitterCOld - 27.09.2011 at 18:58  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.09.2011 at 18:53

Really cool list Craig although I disagree (quite strongly) with one album in particular.
When the Kite String Pops >>>>>>>>>> Paegan Terrorism Tactics
Both in quality and importance for the genre... But that's just a minor detail compared to the whole picture of the list.
Also, Pogo didn't make the painting from PTT.


lol. i got the two switched. i had PTT on when i had meant WTKSP. importance wasn't the issue for this, just preference.
Mr. Doctor - 27.09.2011 at 19:08  
Written by BitterCOld on 27.09.2011 at 18:58

lol. i got the two switched. i had PTT on when i had meant WTKSP. importance wasn't the issue for this, just preference.


Oh I see. I do like PTT a lot as well but the guitars sound way too thin while their debut had this extremely thick and "holy shit this album is disturbing" sound the whole time. Also PTT is a bit "happy" compared to WTKSP. But yeah, one of the better list around here... and THANK YOU for not making a list of 50+ albums... I think it takes a lot of the credibility away if a list of the "best fo a genre" has so many albums.
BitterCOld - 27.09.2011 at 19:33  
I'll probably do another for doom and maybe black... 25 albums mixing landmarks with less well known albums i really like. just sort of a launchpad for suggestions.
BloodTears - 27.09.2011 at 20:05  
Thanks for this list. Really good help now that I'm getting into sludge.

I'm really loving Kylesa's "Time Will Fuse Its Worth" lately.
JD - 27.09.2011 at 20:09  
Why changing the "Paegan Terrorism Tactics"!? -_- but then again "WTKSP" is good as "PTT", good list btw.
BitterCOld - 27.09.2011 at 20:11  
Written by JD on 27.09.2011 at 20:09

Why changing the "Paegan Terrorism Tactics"!? -_- but then again "WTKSP" is good as "PTT", good list btw.


that was my original intent, as you could see by the Pogo comment. i love both, though.
Mr. Doctor - 27.09.2011 at 20:34  
Written by BitterCOld on 27.09.2011 at 20:11

that was my original intent, as you could see by the Pogo comment. i love both, though.


Since the picture for the Acid Bath album is tiny... I like to think that I'm actually seeing Pogo giving the thumbs up in that artwork.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.09.2011 at 02:48  
Damn, I realize I actually saw 16 of those bands live and it will hopefully become 17 if I manage to get hold of a Roadburn 2012 ticket.
afu - 28.09.2011 at 05:30  
Great list. I think Monster Magnet should be on the list, but I am extremely biased towards them. Spine Of God or Dopes To Infinity are classics in my view.
InnerSelf - 29.09.2011 at 00:51  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.09.2011 at 02:48

...... Roadburn 2017 ticket.


WHAT !

Really great list dude, truly the best and the most revolutionary
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.09.2011 at 10:29  
Written by InnerSelf on 29.09.2011 at 00:51

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.09.2011 at 02:48

...... Roadburn 2017 ticket.


WHAT !

Really great list dude, truly the best and the most revolutionary


weird typo. I meant 2012 of course.
tea[m]ster - 06.10.2011 at 19:02  
Good job! But I can't believe no Neurosis or at least THE defining post metal album: Rosetta - The Galilean Satallites
BitterCOld - 06.10.2011 at 19:18  
Written by tea[m]ster on 06.10.2011 at 19:02

Good job! But I can't believe no Neurosis


Through Silver In Blood was on the list... the funny thing is I popped it in at 17 - I wasn't ranking in any order, but Ortega posted up the list on their Facebook page and remarked about being ahead of Neurosis and Mastadon. that's why i added the disclaimer after the fact.
Amo del Merol - 13.10.2011 at 19:03  
Good List !!!
Doc Godin - 20.10.2011 at 09:06  
Quote:
Down - NOLA
Anselmo's Nawlins stoned side project

I thought Down was Anselmos #1 band now, no longer just a side-project?
BitterCOld - 20.10.2011 at 19:53  
Written by Doc Godin on 20.10.2011 at 09:06

Quote:
Down - NOLA
Anselmo's Nawlins stoned side project

I thought Down was Anselmos #1 band now, no longer just a side-project?


i name dropped him as his name carries the most weight for those with general metal knowledge. it might be his primary project now, but i still think of it as a side project given the fact it started as such for him and the other members have all remained active with their original bands.
Lokaeda - 07.12.2011 at 03:48  
+1

here are some bands I also like: Grand Magus (the first album in particular), Sons Of Otis, Dark Buddha Rising, Eternal Elysium, Cosmic Vishnu, Lonely Kamel, The Bottle Doom Lazy Band, ... Some of them are maybe more "doom" than "stoner/sludge", but still worth checking out
Susan - 07.12.2011 at 05:33  
I'm using this as a study guide.
Mr. Doctor - 07.12.2011 at 13:45  
Written by Susan on 07.12.2011 at 05:33

I'm using this as a study guide.


You won't regret it, trust me.
This is list is fucking tight... Two of my nine 10s are right here: Acid Bath and Neurosis. Kyuss wouldn't count as I gave a 10 to their self-titled.
snake? snaaaake! - 07.12.2011 at 17:05  
@bittercold. Did it take you a long time to get into "Through Silver In Blood"? I'm pretty new to post-metal, but I find Neurosis more influential than interesting at the moment.
Troy Killjoy - 07.12.2011 at 21:41  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 07.12.2011 at 17:05
@bittercold. Did it take you a long time to get into "Through Silver In Blood"? I'm pretty new to post-metal, but I find Neurosis more influential than interesting at the moment.

I think in general most "post-stonersludge" is easier to get into nowadays as it's taken a bit of a "lighter" foot forward. Similar to comparing "blackgaze" with atmospheric black metal. It's gone from challenging to almost "easy".

If you're having trouble with Neurosis, ride out the storm. They were obviously influential, and pioneer bands are always (er, not always, but a lot of the time) more difficult to get into since they weren't limiting themselves to any one specific sound or style, whereas modern bands that elaborate on the sound are quick to pick out bits and pieces of it and focus on that.
Darkside Momo - 14.12.2011 at 03:47  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 07.12.2011 at 17:05

@bittercold. Did it take you a long time to get into "Through Silver In Blood"? I'm pretty new to post-metal, but I find Neurosis more influential than interesting at the moment.

Neurosis are a pretty difficult band to get into, I think. The first times I listened to "Times Of Grace", it just left me like... wtf? Then I saw this video, listened to "Stones From The Sky" (you can check it on Neurosis' website), and it all started to make sense, I understood, felt it at last. Maybe the stimulus will be different for you, but once you get it, your music world won't ever be the same... And that's great!
tea[m]ster - 14.12.2011 at 04:30  
Written by Darkside Momo on 14.12.2011 at 03:47

Written by snake? snaaaake! on 07.12.2011 at 17:05

@bittercold. Did it take you a long time to get into "Through Silver In Blood"? I'm pretty new to post-metal, but I find Neurosis more influential than interesting at the moment.

Neurosis are a pretty difficult band to get into, I think. The first times I listened to "Times Of Grace", it just left me like... wtf? Then I saw this video, listened to "Stones From The Sky" (you can check it on Neurosis' website), and it all started to make sense, I understood, felt it at last. Maybe the stimulus will be different for you, but once you get it, your music world won't ever be the same... And that's great!


Yessir. Even though they are ALWAYS mentioned as the pioneer of this "kind" of music I still have a hard time getting into them. Yet, this is my favorite genre and I know most of the bands I follow will give props to Neurosis...
3rdWorld - 16.01.2012 at 18:01  
Xcept Mastodon I've heard none on this. But I dig Dopesmoker. Its one of my fav metal releases.
snake? snaaaake! - 25.02.2012 at 19:29  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 07.12.2011 at 17:05

@bittercold. Did it take you a long time to get into "Through Silver In Blood"? I'm pretty new to post-metal, but I find Neurosis more influential than interesting at the moment.


Funny how tastes change... im totally in love with neurosis now.
BitterCOld - 29.04.2012 at 09:43  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 25.02.2012 at 19:29

Written by snake? snaaaake! on 07.12.2011 at 17:05

@bittercold. Did it take you a long time to get into "Through Silver In Blood"? I'm pretty new to post-metal, but I find Neurosis more influential than interesting at the moment.


Funny how tastes change... im totally in love with neurosis now.


i approve of this message.

TSIB isn't as hard to get into as DSMomomo's starting point... that one still sets me on edge for whatever reason.

supposedly a new album this year... been about a tool-wait since their last album.
Spirit Molecule - 02.05.2012 at 11:04  
Cool list, but its missing some Yob.
I would also say Torche's self titled instead of Meanderthal, but that's just me
Lit. - 17.05.2012 at 00:01  
^ I also wanna bring up Electric Wizard, The Sword, The Ocean and Queens Of The Stone Age.
tea[m]ster - 18.05.2012 at 06:00  
Written by Lit. on 17.05.2012 at 00:01

^ I also wanna bring up Electric Wizard, The Sword, The Ocean and Queens Of The Stone Age.


I can rec Craig 100 other albums for this list too, all he has to do is ask
BitterCOld - 20.05.2012 at 09:40  
I love people bringing up what i "missed" on a set-limit list that reflects my taste.

just because Electric Wizard or QOTSA aren't on my list doesn't mean i don't like them. i figure it better to have a smattering of popular with shit i like that folks might have missed.

and i dislike extended lists as it is often too much to process. i kept this and the Doom one to 25 for a reason.

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