Category Archives: Heavy Metal Hippie

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Quake Meat by Astra and Voyage/Paralysis by Diagonal

space-hubble-2010_1622267iI haven’t done one of these in a while, sorry about that. I have however came across a couple of bands that really do fit the bill for my Heavy Metal Hippie moniker quite well. Stoner psychedelic hard prog rock. Just let that glorious genre name sink in a bit. Beautiful, isn’t it. You get the thick grooves of the Stoner genre, that ’60s/’70s classic feel with the Psychedelic and Prog, plus the edge of hard rock. Surely some kind of witchcraft. I totally love it. It’s like Camel, King Crimson, and Jefferson Airplane loaded up a spaceship with the contents of Hunter S. Thompson’s car trunk and their instruments and took a voyage into the far reaches of outer space.
Both of these bands share quite a similar sound going by the songs I’ve heard so far, where Astra tends to have vocals in their songs and Diagonal doesn’t. So if you’re in the mood for some tripped out music, give these bands a shot. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Of Blood and Salt by Gojira

SeaMonsterGodzilla2Not particularly a doom, stoner, or southern rock band, one can not deny Gojira’s contribution to Hippie Metal. You see a big characteristic of a ‘hippie’ is a love for the environment and also taking action to help improve it. Gojira does this in spades. Nearly all of their songs are themed around environmental issues and it’s member are all active in many groups focused on bettering our amazing Earth.
In 2011 Gojira recorded “Of Blood and Salt” for an EP that was to be released to raise funds for the Sea Shepard charity. Unfortunately some complications arose where they lost all their data for what they have recorded and vowed to rerecord the EP after their new album settled in. Recently Joe Duplantier reaffirmed that the Sea Shepherd EP wasn’t forgotten about and they would release it at a time when ‘it’s done’. Gojira come off as men of their words, so I would expect to hear the EP sometime in the future. Until then, you can listen to “Of Blood and Salt” while you brainstorm some ideas you can do to help the environment 🙂 Peace Love and Metal!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: White Storm of Teeth by The Devil’s Blood

2In case you haven’t noticed, I f’n love this band and am a bit chaffed that I ended up getting into them after they broke up. Sucks, I know. Lucky for me I still get to indulge in the excitement of a new release from the band even though I will never be able to catch one of those awesome live shows I’ve heard so much about.
The Devil’s Blood breakup happened while they were in the middle of recording their new album and they were pretty damn close to finishing the record when the split happened. Fortunately they weren’t going to let all the new music that they recorded go to waste, so what was completed was put together and now we have the record III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars.
I’ll probably not do a full review of the album, but will say it’s pretty damn good for being an unfinished work. There are many parts that need some smoothing out and some good editing on others, but as a whole, it is really enjoyable. It’s a shame because you can certainly hear that The Devil’s Blood were pushing themselves and not trying to just cut and paste the songwriting they established on their first album.
Anywho, my favorite track off the album is “White Storm of Teeth” and it has a heavy Tool feel to it, mainly in hypnotizing bass line. There’s also strong elements of Pink Floyd as well as that undeniable Devil’s Blood sound. Give the tune a listen and sound off what you think. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Attrition by Howl

19436235a2025467214b249199849lSometimes a heavy metal hippie needs a good injection of aggression in his hippie music (sometimes the reef runs out). So when a tune steeped in southern metal riffing, thundering drumming, and a dark and evil atmosphere comes along this hippie grins that hazy smile of his.
I have never heard of Howl until this weekend when I was playing follow the Youtube links and stumbled upon them. The killer riffing and the demonic vocals sold me on this band immediately as the came off feeling like a twisted crossbreed of High on Fire and Lamb of God. Damn great stuff and you should totally check them out cause King Hippie says so 🙂 Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Musings of a Heavy Metal Hippie: Gammal Krigare by Eldkraft

Wrath-of-the-Ents-treebeard-33433582-1600-959I consider myself a pretty big fan of fantasy, the kind with dragons, wizards, elves, goblins, etc. And among all the cool races and creatures from the various stories there is one type of creature I’ve always found myself fascinated with. That would be the Ents, or more commonly known as them walking trees from LOTR. There is just something about them that is so bad ass. Their huge, they’re all laid back, they are wise and in tune with nature, and when needed they can straight up fuck shit up. Flat out, the Ents rule. I also really dig forest druids a lot too. All in all, anything that has to do with the forest and woodland nature.
These type of creatures and characters are used too little and I feel are unappreciated in the fantasy realm, so them getting worked into the popular nerd culture doesn’t happen as often as I would like. And while there are tons of fantasy elements in many metal bands, a band that calls to mind the images of Ents is nearly nonexistent. Vintersorg maybe?
So when my ears caught wind of a band called Eldkraft and I popped the single in and scenes of a grove of trees headbanging and jamming on instruments made of moss and stone entered my mind, I was a bit more than ecstatic to want to delve into the band more. Unfortunately I have to wait a couple weeks more before I can do that since the single I heard is off of their debut record, Shaman, which is out on May 28. So until then I’ll just listen to this track a few or dozen more times. Check it out! Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: The Evangelist by Memory Garden

MG_band_newI really need to tip my to Metal Blade Records. For like forever they have been delivering some of the best metal albums throughout my career as a metalhead. Lately they’ve been taking a nice interest in doom metal and have been signing some pretty interesting bands (more on those in the coming days). So, thank you Metal Blade for pandering my demographic. Today’s band under the thumb was once signed to Metal Blade when they first started out, parted ways, and now they are back under the Metal Blade umbrella as they gear up to release a new collection of songs.
Memory Garden are a really hip and interesting band as they combine elements of doom metal with straight metal and power metal. It leads to quite the engaging listen as you get the fat grooves and riffing of doom, the melodic end of power metal, and vocals that bring both Ronnie James Dio and Messiah Marcolin to mind.
“The Evangelist” is off of the bands new 4th album Doomain and it is out now, and I must get my hands on a copy.  What say you?  Do you dig this track as much as me?  Interested in hearing more?  Sound off in the comments.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Spine of God by Monster Magnet

mm08IMO, NJ’s pioneering stoner metal band Monster Magnet embody the sex, drugs, and rock and roll aspect of rockstardom quite perfectly. From their hard rocking tunes about, well, sex and drugs to frontman Dave Wyndorf’s who bleeds charisma and sex to their killer live shows where they often hang a banner that reads “It’s a Satanic drug thing. You wouldn’t understand.” and pole dancers on stage it’s hard to top these guys in the sex, drugs, and rock and roll dept. Luckily, they aren’t all about image and deliver where it’s important and write some of the best stoner metal songs ever written.
One of my favorite tracks from Monster Magnet is their über-trippy title track off their debut album Spine of God. I love how it gets all psychedelic and space-like yet still remains grounded enough to deliver on some catchy music. If you enjoy stoner metal and have yet to check out Spine of God, you’re doing yourself a great disservice as it is easily one of the best and most influential albums in the genre. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: New Trip by Sixty Watt Shaman

Sixty+Watt+ShamanSixty Watt Shaman is one of those band I could never recollect how I heard of them or when their album made its way into my CD collection. But I’m happy it resides in there. Equal parts stoner and southern the band straight up brings the rock. Probably best compared to Corrosion of Conformity’s more southern fried style songs (specifically the Wiseblood album) their album Seed of Decades isn’t looking to break any barriers or push any envelopes. It exists just to show you a good time with big riffing and the occasional psychedelic section tossed in from time to time.

My favorite track off said album is “New Trip” which features all the above mentioned with the big catcher for me being the last minute or so where a Native American style chant grooves along with the jiving music. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Parchment Farm by Blue Cheer

blue-cheer-vincebusIf I’m going to be talking often about stoner and doom metal, I think it’s in order to make mention of the genres roots. Two classic bands from the ’60s can be cited as the main kicking off points and have major influence in the 2 genres. Both Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath carry much bearing for the 2, where Sabbath influenced the doom genre a tad more than Blue Cheer, whereas Blue Cheer has stronger bearings on stoner. However without the two to make a whole, these genres would sound much different from how they do today.

Today let’s focus on the stoner side of the hippie metal spectrum with a rocking song from Blue Cheer called “Parchment Farm” off their highly influential debut album Vincebus Eruptum. The first thing you will notice is the immediate fuzzy guitar tones and strong blues rock riffing, a staple of the stoner and doom genres (and without the fuzziness, the southern metal genre). There is also a lot of heavy psychedelic stuff going on which is also another major characteristic of stoner rock/metal, and as you delve deeper into the sounds of Blue Cheer, you will hear they went quite heavy with the psychedelics in other tunes like “Summertime Blues” (the band name Blue Cheer is also taken from the street name of a type of LSD).

“Parchment Farm” is actually a reworking of a folk blues song that was sung in a prison nicknamed Parchment Farm (I’m guessing prisoners were made to make paper), and is about the corruption of the correction facility through the eyes of the prisoner.
Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!!!