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SH*T THAT COMES OUT TODAY (TO GET STONED TO): JULY 24, 2012

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Returning from a lovely week’s hiatus, I feel refreshed and free of traffic tickets to fight; in other words: READY TO FCUK SHIT UP on this week’s Shit That Comes Out Today! So let us explore a diverse little array (emphasis on little) of trippy, doobie-friendly metuhl releases, each sure to get you operating at peak inefficiency this slow, dreary Tuesday.

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Om
Advaitic Songs (Drag City)
On a playlist with: Electric Wizard, The Angelic Process, Tool
Listen “State of Non-Return” (here)

Some people ski, others fish — OM drones. It’s what they do. Advaitic Songs has doomy fuzz in no small quantity, but on the California stoner duo’s fifth album, one can hear the group getting a little artier. Otherworldly string leads and Justin Chancellor-y basslines now tango with the established lo-fi riffage and monotone chants. I can only imagine what this stuff sounds like when you’re on more than just a cup of a coffee.

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Binah
Hallucinating In Resurrecture (Dark Descent)
On a playlist with: Entombed, Ulcerate, Laethora
Listen “Dissolution” (here)

Ulcerate’s 2011 album The Destroyers of All proved something: A lot of people like creepy, dissonant, walking-paced death metal. If you are one of those folks, then give a few spins to English trio Binah. Though definitely not a facsimile of the aforementioned kiwis, Binah also is imposing and unsettling, and draws a little from many flavors of death metal over the years: Gothenberg riffage, a little grindy dissonance, and plenty of gloomy vibes that nod to the English doom trifecta. MS writer Grim Kim already gave this her stamp of KVLTy approval so you know it’s real.

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Abrahma
Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives (Small Stone)
On a playlist with: Kyuss, Down, Crowbar
Listen Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives full stream (here)

This album’s “On a playlist with” tells all you need to know about whether Abrahma (fka Alcohsonic) will float your boat: slow and sludgy riffs, feel-gud grooves, and gravelly vocals like a smoky Josh Homme and a clean Phil Anselmo. It’s interesting that Abrahma hails from Paris, certainly not one of the first places we would associate with stoner metal.

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Constants
Pasiflora (Mylene Sheath)
On a playlist with: Junius, Dredg’s Leitmotif, The Cure
Listen “Passenger” (here)

“Constants” sure sounds like the name of a pro-tooly tech band — hell, their song “Passenger” even shares a title with a Periphery song — but really these alternative-gazers are an unpretentious, uncomplicated rock band with some seriously stratospheric sounds. I feel like I’m in a glass case of emotion — and all I’ve taken today are Claritin and a daily multi!

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Srod
Nature (Unicorn Digital)
On a playlist with: Liquid Tension Experiment, Chris Poland, Jeff Loomis
Listen “Time to Regenerate” (here)

It’s always funny when you put a lot of effort into something and people around you appreciate it — but for a completely different reason than what was intended. Like in high school when I played in a prog band, we thought we were such serious artists making a real statement! So one day, some kid told us we were his favorite band in the area — cuz we sounded GREAT when he was stoned! I imagine that kid having the same feelings about Venezuelan guitar whiz Santiago Rodriguez (SRod get it?) and his band. Srod plays proggy instrumental rock that isn’t overly flashy or technical; not a buzz kill, but still cool enough to make sure fans won’t have any pesky females bothering them any time soon!

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Of Mice & Men
The Flood reissue (Rise)
On a playlist with: BMTH, Axing Allessandra, Tasters
Listen The Flood full stream (here)
Last year, MS scribe Corey Mitchell wrote about former Attack Attack! singer Austin Carlile’s Of Mice & Men; to his shock, Carlile’s newish band had become non-awful on their 2011 sophomore album. It’s true: The Flood, and its new expanded edition, are very not shitty. Sure, plenty of bands do Meshuggah-core better than these rascals, but in 2012 it is commendable that OM&M’s album is so utterly passable with the good-cop/bad-cop vocals and breakdown-fests aplenty. If you dig The Flood‘s heavier “catchy chorus-free” tunes (e.g. “I’m A Monster”), then rejoice for the new bonus disc contains three new “clean-singing be damned” drop-A odysseys.

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-BS

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