Playlist: Stoner Rock 101

By: Ralka Skjerseth |

This playlist curated by Ralka Skjerseth is an introduction to stoner rock for those who are new to the scene. Stoner rock itself is a fusion genre that emerged in the 1990s. It incorporates elements of psychedelic rock, heavy metal, blues rock, and doom metal. Some of the main characteristics of this genre are heavy drum beats, slow to middling tempos, low-tuned guitar lines, and distorted, groovy sounds. Some of the pioneers of this genre are Fu Manchu, Kyuss, and Sleep. The way stoner rock bands play often adopts elements from classic heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer, which have greatly influenced the emergence of stoner rock. The use of psychedelia in the creative process of songwriting in stoner rock bands is often involved, but the involvement may vary and range; some bands involve the concept of cannabis to be a core part of their works, and some bands have the audience and band members smoking cannabis during concerts. Starting from pioneers such as Sleep, Kyuss, and Fu Manchu to more underrated names such as Causa Sui and Thulsa Doom, this playlist features some of most spectacular stoner rock acts out there! Proceeds the weedian, nazareth.


Kyuss – Gardenia

Sleep – The Clarity

Electric Wizard – Dopethrone

Colour Haze – Aquamaria

Fu Manchu – Godzilla

OM – Unitive Knowledge of the Godhead

High on Fire – Electric Messiah

Corrosion of Conformity – Stare Too Long

Dead Meadow – The White Worm

Causa Sui – Boozehound

Truckfighters – Desert Cruiser

Torche – Annihilation Affair

Brant Bjork – Low Desert Punk

Stoned Jesus – I’m the Mountain

Thulsa Doom – Kick Me

Red Fang – Reverse Thunder

Earthless – Equus October

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