Best of 2019 Heavy Psychedelic Rock
1. Hibushibire Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out! (Japan, Riot Season Records)
Hibushibire Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out! “Holy shit this album kicks ass!” flying at 150 mph hour down the psychedelic rock highway with ripping guitars, and an amazing rhythm section. This album is not the mild psychedelic rock, it is tooth grinding, eye watering, tight hard rock with dynamics which climax in freak-out psychedelic rock.
2. 10,000 Russos Kompromat (Portugal, Fuzz Club)
10,000 Russos Kompromat is uncompromising heavy psychedelic rock with an electronic heart. The music intense, dark and addictive. The unsettling sound features ominous droning electronics, precise mechanical rhythms both human and machine. The vocals are surrounded with dark echoes announcing the coming of the age of death. This is crazy awesome if I had discovered before today it would certainly move up on the list.
2. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Infest The Rats Nest (Melbourne, Australia / Flightless Records)
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Infest The Rats Nest is sick, totally amazing technicalities and overall message and sound. The political lyrics tell a story of a world in danger. With impassioned songs like “Planet B” which is a phrase from the climate justice movement. Its pretty heavy metal for garage rock but its King Gizzard They are the Kings.
3. Cosmic Dead Scottish Space Race (UK, Riot Season Records)
The Cosmic Dead Scottish Space Race is the heaviest space rock album in the world. They achieve this sound by being dangerously creative. This is a true mind melting feast of the ears.
4. Comacozer Mydrisis (Sydney Australia, Headspin Records)
Comacozer Mydrisis uses esoteric psychedelic terms to define it’s music and with good reason. This stoner rock album wrapped in the stars of night pumps out 4 tracks of dynamic psych which goes from stoner drudge to ambient synth and back again. Its a wild ride buckle up!
5. Sleep Live at Thirdman Records 3LP (Thirdman Records)
Sleep Live at Third Man Records 3LP of the fuzziest guitar and bass tones in the world. Sleep helped define the genre and they are still the main cheese in stoner rock.
6. Acid Mother Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O How was The Decisive Moment Recorded? (Japan, Max Hazard Records)
Acid Mothers Temple is amazing I love this band and they continue to be one of the best and most prolific bands in the solar system. This year they released some of the best experimental music made in the last 10 years the current line-up is spilling out psychedelic music of the highest weirdness. This live album is everything I want from Acid Mother Temple loud and quite gentle and brutal.
7. OM BBC Radio I
OM BBC Radio I is a live album recorded in May of 2019. They play songs from Advaitic Songs and God Is Good. The meditative pieces with the ripping fuzz loaded “State of Non-Return” featuring the symbolist lyrics and vocals of Al Cisneros. The audio is pristine, clear beautiful and sounds more like a studio recording than a live session.
8. Dhidalah Threshold (Tokyo, Japan; Guruguru Brain Records)
Dhidalah is an awesome band from Japan on Kikagaku Moyo’s records label Guruguru Brain. Psychedelic rock with some space rock elements played at a high level with DIY appeal.
9. The Well Death and Consolation Austin Texas Riding Easy Records)
10. Nebula – Holy Shit (LA California, Heavy Psych Sounds)
Nebula Holy Shit! is heavy psychedelic rock with cult vibes. This is the first album from Nebula in 10 years and they hold true to their roots of Sabbath worship and experimental instrumental passages.
11. Satorinaut – A Micro Trip From The Studio To Outer Spaces And Beyond (Budapest, Hungary / Self Released)
Satorinaut is an underground band and this first one take live in basement recording is ripping psychedelic jams. B
12. Stonefield BENT (Australia, Flightless)
13. Blackwater Holylight Veils Of Winter (Portland OR USA, Riding Easy Records)
Blackwater Holylight Veils Of Winter is dark heavy and atmospheric with group singing and slamming rhythm. Unique piece of Heavy rock with psychedelic horror vibes.
14. Los Tabanos Experience Rise Of The Melted Eagle (Chile, Drone Rock Records)
15. Suzki Junzo & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska The Ascended Master Teachings Of Suzuki Junzo and Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska (UK, Cardinal Fuzz)
Do you Like krautrock, psychedelic Rock and Space rock then you will enjoy this album! This is 2LPs of none stop awesome rock music and certainly one of my favorites of the year.
16. Ecstatic Vision For The Masses (California Heavy Psych Sounds)
17. Tia Carrera – Visitors / Early Purple (Texas Small Stone Records)
18. Black Mountain – Destroyer (Vancouver, Jagjaguwar)