Stoner metal has always been there, whether it was a Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Sleep, Electric Wizard, or anyone else, the genre has kept itself rolling on (pun intended), faithfully staying true to the primal spirit of rock. One such band doing their part these days to bring pure rock to the masses is Bellingham Washington’s Dryland.
If you listen to the AMP podcast it’s easy to get the impression that my music diet consists solely of gritty death and black metal, but to be honest I spend a lot more of my personal listening time on the proggier side of metal, with the likes of Opeth, Steven Wilson, Soen, Symphony X, and Nevermore.
Black Lion Records is a newer label, formed in 2015 in the northern Sweden city of Umeå. While a relatively small town, Umeå is nonetheless known as a hotbed of musical output, especially in the world of heavy metal, having been the breeding ground for such acts as Meshuggah, Naglfar, Cult of Luna, Refused, Nocturnal Rites, and many more, including a number of newer groups on Black Lion’s roster.
If you’ve caught the last couple episodes of this site’s weekly podcast, you’ve likely heard the savage and heavy-hitting sounds of Ontario’s The Offering. The guys from Niagara Falls have something great going for them and I was stoked to play a few tracks of theirs; the band just released their debut album, Codex Mystirium and they spared a few moments for an interview.