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Stoned To Doom


Old school doom/stoner rock featuring infectious riffs, melodic vocals and a heavy rhythm section.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Doom/Stoner Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Invader
1:48 $0.99
2. Evil Dread
3:24 $0.99
3. White Widow
5:49 $0.99
4. State Trooper
2:31 $0.99
5. The Green Shade
6:38 $0.99
6. Animal Control
6:28 $0.99
7. Noise Bleed
4:01 $0.99
8. Cut It Open
5:50 $0.99
9. Never Smile
7:47 $0.99
10. Evilizer
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Metal bands have an uncanny ability to succinctly summarize their entire aesthe-tic in their album titles. Stoned To Doom, the debut LP from Toronto’s Keef, pretty much says it all: churning down-tuned Sabbath riffs, melodic vocals and spacey psychedelic solos.

It’s easy to look at song titles like Noise Bleed or Evil Dread and assume that irony is at work, but Keef have a straight-faced reverence for the conventions of the genre. The Green Shade’s many drum fills recall Paranoid-era Bill Ward, while the effects-laden solo on the seven-and-a-half-minute Never Smile could easily sit in the back catalogue of 90s stoner bands Kyuss or Sleep.

Keef’s time-warp trip will appeal mostly to purists, but given the clean vocals and accomplished musicianship, there’s plenty here for even casual metal tourists."

Richard Trapunsky
NOW Magazine

"Great laid back and thick sounding, old-style doom rock referencing old gods like Black Sabbath and ‘90s cult Goatsnake, and lots of great stuff in between (needless to mention, we know them well …), for the substantial debut album by the brillian Canadian riffmakers, doomsters Keef. Churning mid-tempo, charismatic clean vocals, tasty guitar leads and memorable melodies populate this fine album..."


"When doing business, I prefer people who are blunt and up-front. Stoned to Doom would be my ideal client. Keef doesn't try to hide what they're about, or gloss it over with some fantasy fairy-tales. The album is simplistic in its concept and design as it is in its meat-and-potatoes heavy rock. While they're not prolific pot smokers, the Toronto foursome has captured the resin-soaked sound that's raw and dirty like Vitus playing a generator party with Across the River in the Palm Desert. (Hard to believe it was recorded in Mississauga!)
In their early days as an Electric Magma offshoot, Keef was afraid to write songs over four minutes long or play extended solos. Slowly but surely, they've let the doom creep into tunes like the Sabbath-inspired drum fills of “The Green Shade” or the lengthy, longing “Never Smile,” which drags past the seven-minute mark. “Cut It Open” takes the less-is-more Dave Chandler approach, with a slow, pummelling riff that sears into your skull, Gregory Cochrane waxing melancholy over a two-ton Richard Harris groove that has Dumbledore rolling in his grave.
While Quest For Fire has a new album out at the end of next month, and Magma may or may not have a new record by the end of the year, they'll have a hard time topping this as the top recording to come outta Toronto's heavy rock sub-basement. Keef is perhaps this city's best-kept dirty secret—if you showed up late to see Blood Ceremony or OTIS, you probably missed em. But if you consider yourself a slow-motion headbanger, you'd best get your hands on this one, cuz these guys are the city's best candidates for the Circle of True Doom."

"Gruesome" Greg Harris

"With a album title like "Stoned To Doom", is a review really necessary? The debut LP from Toronto’s Keef has all the elements that you would expect from a Stoner or a Doom album but there is a bit more to this band that the first impression gives. While they have the down-tuned Sabbath inspired riffs, the melodic vocals and the psychedelic tinged guitar solo's, they also have a solid knowledge of how to make a catchy Hard Rock tune. The history is a little bit of a mystery, their Myspace site is not exactly bursting with information and Google searches didn't tell me much either. One thing i do know is this disc is on the PsycheDOOMelic Records label, so that is almost a guarantee of quality right there. One element of Keef's tunes that is clearly conspicuous is they seem to be playing it safe in some aspects of these songs. While that might sound a little negative, Keef is actually one of the few bands that the predictable approach works in the band's favor due to the blend of styles that ranges from the 90's desert rock sounds of Kyuss, the stoner-doom plod of Sleep to more straight-up biker metal in the vein of Orange Goblin. What you are left with is a album that covers all the bases so no chance of getting bored here.

Keef play pretty much straight from the heart especially in songs like "Evil Dread" which has anticipated riffs and vocals but the grooves of a band that obviously know what they are doing and seem to be having a killer time doing it. Stand out tracks like "Noise Bleed" and "The Green Shade" are delivered with real passion and a sense of Stoner-Doom integrity especially "The Green Shade" that is driven by some excellent drumming and accomplished guitar work. The other highpoint has to go to "Never Smile" which sounds like a long lost moment in desert rock history. Elsewhere on the "Stoned To Doom" disc, the band treads the stoner waters a little. "Animal Control" and "State Trooper" are a little too familiar in structure to get too excited about. Nothing bad about them but they both lack that essential ingredient to push the songs to the true level of greatness. Having stigmatize the disc with those comments, i must say even the worse tracks on this album still kick enough ass to be more than simply "filler".

What makes the tunes work mostly is a laid back doomish groove similar to the mid-tempo tracks of bands like Goatsnake, its heavy, doomy but with infectious melodies. The vocals of Gregory Cochrane have a real charisma about them and the guitar work of Richard Harris is about as diverse as you can get within the framework of these songs. The bass/drum duo of John Kendrick and Ilios Steryannis are solid with the drums especially being very vigorous at times. What is also important to mention is while this band will get the Stoner/Doom tag whether they like that or not, they also have enough generic metal elements to entertained the Heavy Metal purist."




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