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THE SWORD

THE SWORD

THE SWORD (2003–PRESENT). J. D. Cronise (vocals/guitar), Kyle Schutt (guitar), Bryan Richie (bass), Trivett Wingo (drums). The Sword are yet another American metal band founded in Austin, Texas, who seem to play classic metal with a bit of an ironic smirk. Ben Snakepit from punk greats J. Church was in an early version of the band. The Sword demonstrate that paying attention to metal traditions, whether in a winking way (as in hipsters wearing vintage Iron Maiden shirts) or seriously is Read more [...]
Sleep

SLEEP

SLEEP (1990–98). Justin Marler (guitar), Matt Pike (guitar), Al Cisneros (bass), Chris Hakius (drums). Sleep were one of the quintessentially sludgy riff rock bands, often labeled under the stoner rock label. They pioneered a new sound for metal, bringing it back to its roots in Sabbath-era sludge with a passing nod to the Melvins and St. Vitus. The band started out as a quartet, but original guitarist Marler eventually left to become a monk, and the band continued as a three piece for the rest Read more [...]
MONSTER MAGNET

MONSTER MAGNET

MONSTER MAGNET (1992–PRESENT). Dave Wyndorf (vocals, guitar), Tim Cronin (vocals), John McBain (guitar), Joe Callandra (bass), Jon Kleiman (drums). Monster Magnet are one of the leaders of the “stoner” and space rock retro rock scene. Led by vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf, the band struggled for success during the grunge era when their music was not in fashion until their 1998 breakthrough, Powertrip, which featured the single “Space Lord,” which was also a popular video on MTV. Read more [...]
High on Fire

HIGH ON FIRE

HIGH ON FIRE (1998–PRESENT). Matt Pike (guitar/vocals), George Rice (bass, replaced by Joe Preston, Jeff Matz), Des Kensel (drums). High on Fire was formed by guitarist Matt Pike after the demise of his previous band, the stoner rock legend Sleep. In High on Fire, Pike wanted to move away from the intricate stoner rock of Sleep in a harder and faster direction. High on Fire is almost the total opposite of Sleep, with heavy, brutal drums anchoring Pike’s massive (and brutally loud) riffage, Read more [...]