Doomed and Stoned, The Instrumentalists Vols. 1-4 (2021)

Exactly what it looks like: a massive, four-volume compilation of instrumental Doom.

On their Bandcamp profile, Doomed and Stoned is described this way: “Sharing the music and the stories of the heavy underground since 2013, Doomed & Stoned seeks to document the explosion in doom metal and stoner rock, two styles that have grown up together since the 1970s and exist today in incredible stylistic variation and artistic excellence.” Their website features interviews and new release reviews, and they also sponsor some amazing compilations. I am most enamored with The Instrumentalists Vols. 1-4.

There are 87 tracks altogether across four digital albums. I tried to calculate the total running time and my calculator melted. The included bands range from iconic Doom instrumentalists like Clouds Taste Satanic to many I am sure you have never heard of before – I heard dozens of bands for the first time on these albums. I’m not going to list all the bands here because there are too many and it’ll just look like a name salad. Hit the link below to see the details of what’s up.

I am a longtime fan of instrumental metal and I have written about it regularly. Any subgenre of heavy music can be expressed without vocals, and Doom is especially well-suited to an instrumental treatment. Desert-Stoner-Doom can roll endlessly on the broad river of sound that exists outside of the human voice. It is captivating and engaging in a short engagements and over the long haul. There is no downside.

Is it too much Doom? Ridiculous. Of course not. There is never too much doom. Instrumental Doom can be focused on as the center point of what you are doing or it can be played in the background in an endless variety of situations. With these compilations, you are going to be set for a while. Highly recommended.

All four volumes of The Instrumentalists are available now on Bandcamp.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://doomedandstoned.bandcamp.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DoomedStoned/

Doomed and Stoned, https://doomedandstoned.com/

Doomed and Stoned, The Instrumentalists Vols. 1-4 (2021)

Clouds Taste Satanic, Cloud Covered (Kinda Like Music 2021)

The full album containing all the singles from the Satanic Singles project plus two new tracks has made its way to the earthly plane.

I have been telling you about this for months. A quick recap…

“This New York instrumental metal band is peopled by these fine persons: Steve Scavuzzo (guitar), Rob Halstead (bass), Greg Acampora (drums), and Brian Bauhs (guitar). For years on end they have been producing their unique brand of vocal-free doom (and doom-adjacent) heavy music, typically in long form. Recently they decided to shift gears a bit a put out a series of shorter cover pieces as singles, leading to a collection early in Spring.” The full collection is titled Cloud Covered and here it is now.

So, I have been waiting to hear these last two songs for some time. It was worth it. There are two duos, “Not Fragile” / “Free Wheelin’” from Bachman Turner Overdrive and “In the Flesh?” / “One Of these Days” from Pink Floyd. That is covering a lot of ground. The BTO pair is a down-and-dirty, no-shower-havin’ road trip and it is fantastic. The Pink Floyd double is more theatrical in the first place and more cerebral in the second. Very trippy, too, and the longest song of the ten in the series. If you are in an enhanced frame of mind when you listen to it, you will take flight.

It has been a good long trip and as glad as I am to see these last two bricks in the road get laid, I am also sad to see it end. But then there will be more music from Clouds Taste Satanic down the path and anyway let’s live in the now. Recommended.

There are vinyl, CD, and digital forms for this complete album. Even if you have the singles, picking up this album is a good decision.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://cloudstastesatanic.bandcamp.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/CloudsTasteSatanic/

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/5QidF8yXlvTyGkDy24JImY

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvVu8mcXrE2eVjq_ApcGBmw

Overview Article on Clouds Taste Satanic, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2020/04/07/a-quick-look-at-clouds-taste-satanic/

Clouds Taste Satanic, Cloud Covered (Kinda Like Music 2021)

Clouds Taste Satanic, The Satanic Singles, review (Kinda Like Music 2020)

Instrumental Doom Metal masters Clouds Taste Satanic embark on a new project, The Satanic Singles.

If you are unfamiliar with Clouds Taste Satanic, it is past time to get acquainted. The quick take is they compose and perform instrumental doom metal music. We did an overview article on them earlier this year (link below) that was an alacritous stroll through their catalogue. That is a good place to catch up on what they have out there.

Typically, their songs are very long – as in often around the twenty minute mark. The band has decided to try a new direction for a minute and record shorter cover songs. The Satanic Singles is a project planned to be released in four parts, one each month until February when the full length Cloud Covered album comes out (with additional tracks not released in the singles series).

Volume 1 has two tracks. Side A is a cover of Elton John’s “Funeral For A Friend,” and Side B is the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” The second side is about what you would expect – it has a big sound in the first place, that theme, and it translates well into the band’s idiom. The Elton John cover, on the other hand, could have gone in any of a number of directions. Running at about half the length of John’s original, CTS focuses on the most compelling instrumental elements, bringing an enduring heaviness to the music but not what you would really call doom. A diversion that is an engaging difference to the Yellow Brick Road centerpiece, I’d say. Recommended.

Grab this first single at Bandcamp. There are vinyl versions, too, but some are already sold out. Check it out fast.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://cloudstastesatanic.bandcamp.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/CloudsTasteSatanic/

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/5QidF8yXlvTyGkDy24JImY

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvVu8mcXrE2eVjq_ApcGBmw

Overview Article on Clouds Taste Satanic, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2020/04/07/a-quick-look-at-clouds-taste-satanic/

Clouds Taste Satanic, The Satanic Singles, review (Kinda Like Music 2020)