Playlist: Stoner Rock 101

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.

Going Back to the Riff-filled Land with “The Sciences” by Sleep

Sleep, the renowned pinnacle of stoner and doom scene, are bringing us back to the riff-filled land. They are back on releasing a studio album after almost 20 years ever since Dopesmoker was released. There has been a little warning about the release of “The Sciences”, which was released under Third Man Records. “The Sciences” itself is a transcendental and powerful record under a newer, promising lineup (with Jason Roeder from Neurosis on drums) that has been around ever since they reunited on 2009. It’s nice to have an offering to the holy trinity of riffs, weed, and Black Sabbath back.