It was a labor of love - - love for Doom, Stoner, and Sludge. And perhaps a bit of insanity behind it all, but recognizing the failure of Billboard to adequately service the heavy rock genre, Paranoid Hitsophrenic founder Lucas Klaukien took on the challenge of compiling the first ever Super Doom Chart.
Polling some of the top bloggers, reviewers, radio hosts and label heads in the amorphous world of stoner doom sludge, Lucas took on the challenge to see what really were the top albums of the day. He knew that the critics all played and reviewed tons of albums each month, but he wanted to know the answer to a simple question; which albums did they really like? What were they really listening to? What albums did they keep going back to?
And Ripple Music scored its last three releases all in the top 30.
Coming in at #5 was Devil to Pay's latest release Fate is Your Muse. "What can one say about this album and not come up short? Hard rock, metal and a shamanistic spirit collide on 13 memorable tracks of equal potency. This album put the band's label's motto in stark relief: 'Now it's time for your classic rock'."
Holding the #19 spot was the self-titled debut by Mothership. "What was said about label-mates Devil To Pay's album applies in equal measure to Mothership. This Texan quartet, led by the brothers Juett, play hard and tough as nails rock with more than just a glimmer of the glossy sheen of catchiness. And as impressive as Clutch's and Egypt's placements are on this chart, keep in mind that this is a "what are you listening to right now?" kind of list and that this album originally came out over a year ago (it was officially released by Ripple in February)."
Rounding out the top 30, in the #29 spot was the rocking new album by Ape Machine, Mangled by the Machine.
Featuring a list of contributors that reads like a Who's Who in the world of heavy music journalism, The Super Doom Chart is the first attempt to truly shed light on the albums that are not only being reviewed, but listened to. Recommended for all fans of heavy rock.
You can find the entire Super Doom Chart for May at:
Look for the next Super Doom Chart to come out this month on The Paranoid Music Blog.
List of contributors: Aaron Pickford (The Sludgelord), Arturs Vilmanis (Archivhate), Bill Goodman (The Soda Shop), Bucky Brown (Bucky Bloggy), Cheryl Prime (Metal Hammer, Cvlt Nation), Chris Markwell (TheSludgelord), Christian Spencer (Chilean Fuzz), Clint (Hand O Doom Radio), Craig Hayes (Six Noises), Dennis (Blasting Days), Doctor Doom, Gruesome Greg (Hellbound), Haris (Welcome to the Void), Jeff Warren (Broken Beard), Joop Konraad (Stoner Hive), Justin Gish (Heavy Planet), LK Ultra (Paranoid Hitsophrenic), Lyk (Phantasmagoria), Mats Florstam (Ozium Records), Matt Fitton (The Sludgelord), Nick (Broken Beard), Nuclear Dog (Heavy Planet), Ollie Stygall (Sleeping Shaman), Pat Harrington (Electric Beard of Doom), Phil Howlett (Rote Mare), Richard Maw (The Sludgelord), Rod Reinhart (Captain Beyond Zen), Soggy Bob (Soggy Bog of Doom Podcast), Steph LS (Temple of Perdition), Steve Howe (The Sludgelord), Steve Miller (Temple of Perdition), Todd Severin (The Ripple Effect), Tony van Dorston (Fast n' Bulbous), Ulla Rosacht (The Wicked Lady)
Hard-driving, guitar-mad rock n' roll! Ripple Music is the record label by music fans for music fans. Or as Captain Beyond Zen Webzine says, "The best record label in the world for 70's hard rock and classic rock." Ripple Music: Music that refuses to be ignored!www.ripple-music.com
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A Wanted Awakening Introduce New Guitarist Mat Woodard
Massachusetts Melodic Deathcore 5-piece A Wanted Awakening announce the addition of guitarist Mat Woodard of Charlton, Massachusetts to the band. Mat was formerly a member of Still Silent and Our Name is Legion. He is a longtime friend of the band and AWA looks forward to writing new music with him.
STATEMENT FROM MAT WOODARD:
"It is an absolute honor to be a part of this band, I've been a fan and friend of these guys for a very long time and the transition into the lineup felt natural and familiar. I'm excited to be able to shred next to some of my best friends and help achieve the goals A Wanted Awakening desires. Everyone has been awesome at welcoming me into the AWA family and I know I'll do the fans proud by filling some very big shoes that Derek left behind."
A WANTED AWAKENING released Catharsis on June 24th, 2012. Catharsis is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication by AWA to put forth their best work yet. The album consists of 10 songs that range from the trendy djent style, to epic power metal, to straight deathcore and anywhere in between.
Stream or purchase Catharsis at: