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New Zealand’s The House of Capricorn is a strange band. Their sound has been primarily described by most publications as a cross between stoner and doom rock. And while the doom tag seems to fit about half the time, the rest of the time I would say they play more than anything else, an alternative rock a la Stone Temple Pilots.

Like an encompassing dust storm full of fire and broken whiskey bottles and expended weed smoke, Tucson, Arizona’s Godhunter are preparing to suffocate the planet with their devastating hymns this year. Through diehard D.I.Y. ethics and self-promotion, Godhunter have preyed upon the weak-minded scenesters and have defied pigeonholing genre classifications through a savage amalgamation of sheer heaviness, both live and through recorded proof via several EPs, split releases and compilation inclusions since their 2009 formation.

It’s certainly an exciting time for the band Royal Thunder. The Atlanta, Georgia based quartet sound like what you might expect from a group out of the deep south of the United States. They’ve been described as revved-up southern rock that howls like Led Zeppelin with some psychedelia thrown in for good measure. They’ve also been described as a haunting rock band that attracts listeners with their dark rhythms and soulful vocals. Royal Thunder got its start in 2007 and after playing a lot in Atlanta as well as the rest of the south, they self-recorded and released a seven song EP in late 2009.

Process of Guilt is a Portuguese band that play a slow, heavy style which sounds to me like doom mixed with Godflesh. A bit of a weird combination, but it works and it works really well actually. Faemin is also an excellent example of how to do long songs properly. Most people (self included) tend to think “oh no,” when they look at a band’s track list and see that there are 5 songs and the run time is over 40 minutes. In this case, each time I played the disc it would seem like only a couple of minutes went by and the album was over.

Heavy rockers Romero recently celebrated the high holiday (it was 4/20, the international pot smokers holiday), by releasing a pair of tracks for free download. “Couch Lock” and “In The Heather” are available for FREE in multiple formats. This release is the band’s second for Grindcore Karaoke, the online label headed by J. Randall of Agoraphobic Nosebleed (Relapse Records).

Heavy rockers Romero are celebrating the high holiday (today is 4/20, the international pot smokers holiday), by releasing a pair of tracks for free download. “Couch Lock” and “In The Heather” are available for FREE in multiple formats. This release is the band’s second for Grindcore Karaoke, the online label headed by J. Randall of Agoraphobic Nosebleed (Relapse Records).

The Melvins have been creating heavy music their way since 1983, and they’re still going strong. Their latest release, The Bulls & The Bees, is positive proof that they still have what it takes to be relevant, almost 30 years after their inception. Trends come and go, other bands come and go, the Melvins remain.

Coventry’s finest Stoner Doom outfit, ‘Genera’, support the mighty Napalm Death, with their usual brand of Drop C tuned intensity. Fantastic show, new album due out soon. Produced by Billy Anderson and recorded by Greg Chandler. Got the shots using a Nikon D200, Speedlight SB-600 & Sigma 24-70mmD 1:2.8 EX DG.