A heavy psych rock/proto-metal power trio based out of Austin, Texas, the Well’s lethal blend of knotty prog, punk, and bluesy doom rock invokes names like Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sleep, and Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. Citing a desire “to blend different musical styles as diversified as Joy Division to Blue Cheer”, the band, which consists of Ian Graham, Lisa Alley, and Jason Sullivan, came together in 2012 out of a shared love for extreme music, cult horror films, and dark mysticism. That same year they released their limited-edition debut 7″ “Seven.” The band’s 2013 EP, First Trip, caught the attention of Riding Easy Records, who quickly signed the trio, leading to the release of their full-length debut, Samsara, in 2014, a sophomore effort, Pagan Science, followed in 2016, and Death and Consolation in 2019, again via Riding Easy. -Bio from Allmusic.com
Firebreather is a devastatingly weighty statement of intent. Tooth shattering riffs from guitarist/vocalist Mattias Nööjd and crunching rhythms via bassist Nicklas Hellqvist and drummer Axel Wittbeck, Firebreather are a jaw-breaking triptych of sludge and doom rock.
Sludge/Doom/stoner metal from Dekalb, Illinois
Gonzo-Feedback rhythm and poetic space dabs
Cleancut-Leading sonic inspiration rhythm
Ratface-Leveled out tempo rhythm
Richardson J.-Low end fuzz rhythm
UNTO THE EARTH
Unto the Earth is a four piece metal band out of Chicago, straddling the lines between stoner, desert, doom, and sludge, with shoegaze and heavy psych influences. Formed in 2019 by guitarist Mike Yoshida and bassist/vocalist/instrumentalist Simeon Papacostas, two long-time friends who first started playing together back in the mid-90s, along with lead guitarist Jed Jacobs, the group added another longtime friend and former bandmate Brant Maze on drums to complete the lineup. Together they have embarked on a musical odyssey that combines driving drums, melodic basslines, layered guitars, and evocative lyrics, while paying tribute to the influences of their youth.
Inspired by a diverse group of influences like Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Hum, Elder, and others, as well as giants such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd, Unto the Earth writes songs that feature heavy riffs, soaring guitar harmonies, and droning, melodic vocals, interspersed with atmospheric interstitials and psychedelic interludes that all combine to take the listener on a cosmic journey.