Tag Archives: stoner rock

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 [...]
SIR LORD BALTIMORE

SIR LORD BALTIMORE

SIR LORD BALTIMORE (1970–73, 2006–PRESENT). Louis Dambra (guitar), Gary Justin (bass), John Garner (drums/vocals). Sir Lord Baltimore were and are now a Brooklyn-based power trio and wellknown as an early version of metal in the late sixties and early seventies. Louis Dambra on guitar and Gary Justin on bass saw an ad in The Village Voice looking for “heavy band to record album.” The story is that the band was named after a minor character in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Read more [...]
Raging Slab

RAGING SLAB

RAGING SLAB (1983–PRESENT). Greg Strzempka (guitar/vocals), Elyse Steinman (slide guitar), Mats Rydstrom (bass), Niklas Matsson (drums). Raging Slab are one of the best Southern rock boogie bands to come out of New York City. Slab, who have been described as a combination of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Metallica, have long put out some of the best rock of its kind since their debut in 1987 with Assmaster. Although the band has probably never been taken as seriously as they might by potential fans Read more [...]
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (1998–PRESENT). Josh Homme (guitar/ vocals), Troy van Leeuwen (guitar/keyboards), Joey Castillo (drums), various others. Without a doubt one of the most innovative hard rock bands at work in the new millennium, Queens of the Stone Age rose from the ashes of stoner rock pioneers Kyuss. After Kyuss’s breakup, Homme left the California desert for Seattle, where he played with a variety of bands, most notably Screaming Trees as touring guitarist. Beginning work on Read more [...]