“Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream–making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is the very essence of dreams…” (Joseph Conrad)
Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom-sludge metal and stoner-psychedelic rock albums. The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below. This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world.
It’s November. This time around, the honor of tallying and editing the Doom Chart edition was all mine. And I reckon I was the first to see the big surprise as well. Sure, a lot of us would have guessed who would make the Number One spot this month. But could we predict the band that would end up on Number Two? I sure as hell didn’t. And after seeing the votes come in, I immediately clicked my way to their bandcamp site and was amazing as well by their full-sized debut album. What a record! So go on over to the Doom Chart and be amazed yourself!
Spoiler alert for Number 3
And once again we are mesmerized by that languid and husky voice that floats on top of those sluggish doom riffs. They’ve turned their doom syrup into something even more swampy and wooly. Offset against the more concise songs and less lengthy compositions, it turns the entire record into a highly psychedelic wall of repetition. Less oppressive and less deceitful than Soma, Grief’s Infernal Flower truly opens up for the listener. Yes, It’s Windhand and it’s epic!