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Vodun: Tal Chats To Vocalist Chantal Brown About Music, Influences & Voodoo

28th March 2016 at 2:53 pm


Possession, the first full length album by Vodun, was released this month. Coupling a unique afro-psychedelic-soul sound with occult, voodoo themed lyrics and incendiary ‘live rituals’, the band present a fascinating new prospect in heavy music. We caught up with vocalist/frontwoman Chantal Brown to…
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Vodun ‘Possession’ CD/LP/DD 2016

13th March 2016 at 4:13 pm


There’s no point in beating around the bush in a review of Vodun’s first full-length album, Possession; the band have a very unique selling point in the form of vocalist Oya, who brings an incredible vocal style and a distinctive flavour to the band’s…
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Cult Of Luna / The Old Wind ‘Råångest’ 12”/DD 2016

28th February 2016 at 11:58 am

Cult Of Luna / The Old Wind

Råångest opens with Cult Of Luna’s cover of seminal 1980s proto-thrash metal band Amebix’s Last Will And Testament. Cult Of Luna’s guitarist and primary songwriter Johannes Persson remarks that “To cover a song without bringing your own soul into it is completely useless in…
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Reviews » Gig Reviews

Ufomammut / Jex Thoth @ Islington Academy, London 09/10/2015

17th October 2015 at 1:22 pm

Ufomammut @ Islington Academy, London 09/10/2015

From the moment I step inside the Islington Academy, its clear that Jex Thoth’s live show is all about the atmosphere. As the band’s gear gradually takes shape around the stage, gothic candles flicker and the heavy scent of burning sandalwood fills the room,…
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Henge – S/T – LP/DD 2015

12th September 2015 at 10:45 am

Henge - S/T

While Henge may well be a new name to many stoner/doom fans, they come with a sound that should be comfortingly familiar to anyone with experience in the genre. Big, downtuned guitars are a staple, as are hypnotically repetitive riffs, and the whole package…
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Stubb ‘Cry Of The Ocean’ CD/LP/DD 2014

19th November 2014 at 11:16 am


As a passionate fan of stoner rock, the problem with writing for The Sleeping Shaman is that I don’t tend to review albums I dislike. As such, when the occasional record really stands out from the crowd as phenomenal, it’s very difficult to stress…
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Godhunter / Secrets Of The Sky ‘GH/0ST:S’ LP/DD 2014

16th September 2014 at 10:58 am

Godhunter / Secrets Of The Sky

The concept of the GH/0ST:S split dates back to Godhunter and Secrets Of The Sky’s recent Southwest US tour, during which the bands sold a strictly limited run of 100 cassettes bearing this joint effort. Now, the split is back for the rest of us…
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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell ‘Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em’ CD/LP 2014

19th May 2014 at 9:55 am

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

The old adage “never judge a book by it’s cover” could just as easily apply to albums, and yet the artwork for ‘Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em’, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s second full length effort, seems to perfectly belie its musical content. The…
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Black Moth: Tal Fineman Interviews Vocalist Harriet Bevan On The Eve Of Their Temples Festival Appearance

3rd May 2014 at 11:06 am

Black Moth

Black Moth were propelled out of the stoner/doom underground by their 2012 debut, ‘The Killing Jar’, which has won them mainstream attention and slots on the bill at festivals like Download and Reading/Leeds. Now, fresh off the back of a successful tour with Uncle…
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Black Pussy / Biblical Proof Of UFO’s – Split LP/DD 2013

19th February 2014 at 11:37 am

Black Pussy / Biblical Proof Of UFO’s - Split

Portland ‘Stoner-Pop’ band Black Pussy apparently derived their somewhat controversial name from The Rolling Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’. The band are adamant it isn’t intended to offend anyone, arguing it represents the rock’n’roll spirit of the 1970s, the decade in which the groovy space rock…
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