The Greatest Stoner Metal Band: Part 1
Most of the time, weeds are related to a very specific type of music, and metal is not necessarily one of them. However, some of the most loyal stone men I have ever seen are metal heads. Some of them even introduced me to some great Stoner metal bands. Some of these bands do have cannabis as the theme, and some are just big fans, but if you are a metal fan who loves cannabis, these bands may be just for you.
Let’s start with a cannabis-themed metal band in Richmond, Virginia. I believe any metal fan will know that Cannabis Corpse is an imitation of the famous band Cannibal Corpse. In fact, all their song titles are imitated, but the songs are all original. The band first got together in 1999 when Philip “Landphil” Hall and his brother Josh “HallHammer” Hall came up with the name. When guitarist John Gonzalez moved to Hawaii, the original lineup changed. They rejoined Andy “Weedgrinder” Horn in 2006, and the band signed with Forcefield Records. They are probably one of the most famous cannabis-themed bands, which sounds interesting. I would definitely recommend them highly.
Another name with the theme of marijuana, but later than the corpse of marijuana. These guys came together when the “Great Barrier Reef” was released in 2006. This album consists of a song that lasted 79 minutes. If you are super tall, this might be great, so give it a try. In the following years, the band continued to release their own albums. Their music genre is described as instrumental sludge, and now they are signed with The Great Barrier Records. What I like most about this band is their dark humor and irony, which is my specialty in music. They hate hippies, like internal jokes, imitate drug culture, and usually just have a strong hatred for everything. These are very suitable for nihilistic metal head stone throwers.
It is now a British doom metal band founded in 1993. Since their establishment as a band, they have often become synonymous with Weed. They actually have an album called Dopethrone, which was released in December 2000. This is the band’s third studio album. The significance of this album is to respond to their hobbies at the time. They want to make the most chaotic and disgusting album to imitate the drug problem. According to the band, they will camp in the recording studio, put as much medicine into their bodies as possible, and then start recording.
This band is another band considered to be Stoner Doom’s sludge metal. They were founded in 1998. It is also called Weed Metal, and its sound is inspired by the previous project of the band lead singer Dave “Dixie” Collins. Their first album was released in 2001, and their second album was released in 2003, as the band started to speed up. After the second album, the band moved from Berserker Records to Southern Lord Records. This was followed by their third album, and they appeared on the stage as a supporting band for the large group Down. After bringing this amazing gospel to the band, they participated in the 2010 Hell Music Festival, which is one of the largest metal music festivals in the world. After releasing a few more albums, singer Dave Collins shot himself in the foot, which made him a little frustrated. Unfortunately, I meant it literally and not metaphorically. He was cleaning his shotgun and blowing up one of his toes, which made the band flinch a little. They later went on a tour called the “Nine Toes” Journey. In recent years, the band has changed labels again and cooperated with the French record company Season of Mist. The last album they released was in 2015, and although there has been no tour since 2019, the band continues.
Since we mentioned them in the previous section, we might as well go directly to Down, which is probably one of the most famous Stoner metal bands. The band is from New Orleans and got together in 1991. The members are good friends, and they all like bands like Black Sabbath and St. Vitus. When they get together, they have a very cute way to try to get the band forward. Without letting anyone know that they are a band, they will ask metal fans if they have heard of Down and distribute their tapes. Well, it worked. When the band played a small show, a recording director attended and signed with Elektra Records. Their first album was released in 1995, and NOLA became a hit. They went on a date tour 13 times, and then the band ushered in their first interruption. This interruption ended in 2001, and they returned with their next album. This is not as popular as NOLA, but it still put them on the stage of Ozzfest. After that, they entered another interruption until 2006. In that year, they wrote the next album, which received most of the praise. Then in the summer of 2009, they started touring the United States, and then in 2010 they released a live album Diary of a Mad Band with a reference to Ozzy Osborne. To this day, they are still moving forward, still releasing albums, and their tour date will come in 2022. One thing I like about this band is that when you hear their songs, you instantly know who it is. Their love of weeds is definitely reflected in their work. If you want to be stoned and listen to metal, this is probably the best band you can choose.
There are more amazing Stoner metal bands, I don’t have time to learn about them, but I will be back with Part 2 soon.
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