Friday, November 12, 2021

RidingEasy Records 2021 Year In Review -- For your Best of 2021 consideration...

Below is a quick roundup of all of the RidingEasy Records releases from 2021 for your Best of 2021 consideration. Please let me know if you need any additional information — and of course, if you plan to include some of them in your year-end picks, we’d love to know!

For convenience, here’s a Spotify playlist with all of the albums combined:

Or, hear the individual albums via Bandcamp:

Here Lies Man - 
Ritual Divination 
Members of Antibalas exploring the concept "if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat," dropped their heaviest, most riff-laden album to date. 
"Essential." -- Bandcamp Daily.
Ritual Divination is arguably the most complete, refined and sprawling example of their unique sound yet." -- The Quietus

Spelljammer - 
Abyssal Trip
The Swedish doom trio truly outdid themselves on this instant classic. 
“TRULY EPIC! End of year lister guaranteed.” #1 album Feb 2021 -- Doom Charts
“Rising to the top of the modern pantheon of doom, sludge and stoner rock with the ease of champions." -- Blabbermouth

Various Artists - 
Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip
The 12th edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost and unreleased 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles unearthed 10 more gems. 
"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

Warish - 
Next To Pay
With a name like Warish, the San Diego noisy punk-metal trio assured listeners they were in for a maniacal bludgeoning from the get-go. But the band has never been as dark and bitingly vicious as the wholly ominous Next To Pay
We simply don’t hear enough bands dabbling in Warish's brand of noise rock." -- Consequence of Sound

Alastor - 
Onwards and Downwards
The occultist Swedish band was revitalized in 2021 with this meticulously crafted album of powerhouse songs. 
"The absolutely KILLER sophomore album chock full of psychedelic, dark, fuzzed-out melodic doom stompers." -- Metal Sucks
"They just do everything right." -- Invisible Oranges

Deathchant - 
The L.A. quartet's transcendent, improvisational marriage of Thin Lizzy harmonies with Melvins style sludge and glazed heavy psych received a wellspring of press praise. 
"Their sound is groovy, doomy and readymade for a good time.” -- Revolver Magazine.

Blackwater Holylight - 
Silence / Motion
The Portland, OR (now L.A.) band's confident and confessional 3rd album explores many dark recesses of the mind, and has already been hailed as a masterpiece and top Album of The Year in many reviews. Aided by guests from MizmorThou and Inter Arma
"A blissful headphone journey you won’t want to end.” -- Loudwire

Various Artists - 
Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip
The tokers dozen edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost and unreleased 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles continues the endless archive of jaw-dropping rarities
"Mining the surprising rich reserves of heavy rock and proto-metal from the '60s and '70s, these collections have been crucial to understanding the history of a subgenre of rock that had far deeper roots than most fans realize." -- Paste Magazine

Various Artists - 
Scrap Metal: Excavated Heavy Metal from the Era of Excess
A sequel of sorts, picking up where the Brown Acid series leaves off, Scrap Metal compiles equally brilliant rarities from the late-70s to late-80s Golden Age of Heavy Metal that also just must be heard
“There are many awesome gems among the nine tracks here. Some will make you wonder why you’re only hearing this shit now” -- Decibel Magazine

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