Robust Crew's Tops of 2012

Hail everybody !
At the end of this long and full of music events year we want to give you some Tops from the Robust Crew.
Feel free to leave yours at the comment section !

So please welcome :

(plays in Ethereal Riffian, Wolverine Blues, blog editor, Robustfest's org)

1) Om - Advaitic Songs
2) High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
3) Elder - Spires Burn
4) Ghandis Gunn -  The Longer The Beard The Harder The Sound
5) Stoned Jesus - Seven Thunders Roar
6) Gravelroad - Psychedelta
7) The Moon Mistress - Silent Voice Inside
8) The Jim Jones Revue - The Savage Heart
9) Sleepy Sun - Spine Hits
10) Bluesbreaker - Never Knowing Peace
11) James Blackshaw - Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death
12) Snail - Terminus
13) Sun River - Sun River
14) Maloi - Boys You Have to Slow Down
15) Dopelord – Magic Rites 
16) Grave Disgrace - S/t
17) The Grand Astoria/USX Split
18) Nitrogods - S/t
19) Wo Fat – The Black Code
20) Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay

(plays in Stoned Jesus, Krobak, Voida...and the list goes on and on, Robustfest's org)
you can also visit his livejournal page for more stuff...

25. Neil Young With Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
24. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
23. Mgla - With hearts toward none
22. Anglagard - Viljans Oga
21. Extra Life - Dream Seeds
20. Unsane - Wreck
19. Amen Ra - Mass V
18. Echolyn - s/t
17. Beardfish - The Void
16. Anhedonist – Netherwards
15. Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides
14. Golden Void - s/t
13. Greenleaf - Nest Of Vipers
12. My Dying Bride - A Map of All Our Failures
11. Grizzly Bear - Shields
10. Sun River - s/t
09. Family Band - Grace and Lies
08. Ancient Sky - T.R.I.P.S.
07. Young Legionnaire - Wreckonomics EP
06. Scott Kelly and The Road Home - The Forgiven Ghost In Me
05. Swans - The Seer
04. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
03. Title Fight - Floral Green
02. Maloi "Boys You Gotta Slow Down" EP
01. 5R6 "+6.5 and Brighter" EP

( Live Reviews from Oslo gigs and Roadburn 2012)

1. Baroness - Yellow & Green
2. Bomg / Johny B Gut - Gnosis
3. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
4. Nadja & Vampilia - The Primitive World
5. El Caco - Hatred, Love & Diagrams
6. Herder - Horror Vacui
7. Krakow - Diin
8. Process Of Guilt - Faemin
9. In The Company Of Serpents - self-titled
10. Crippled Black Phoenix - No Sadness Or Farewell

(Record reviewer on the blog)

1 Pale Divine 2012 - Painted Windows Black

With most of  doom bands becoming faceless amid neverending onslaught of  totally cliched bands, above stand those who manage to  attain the spirit of their own while still adgering to the well-recognized formula of   Sabbathian grooves. Pale Divine's last opus  is exactly what the above description implies as it not only elevates above its predecessor in avery aspect possible, but proudly stands on the top of the doom pantheon of the last decade. And may those who disagree just fade into obscurity. AMAZING 10/10

2 Adrift for Days  2012 - Come Midnight.

Following the debut release "Lunar Maria", Australian dwellers have made nearly impossible again. Producing an amalgamation of  of the genres fuzz/stoner/blues/metal/smoke all combined into one sacriligious package, these guys definetely know how to render the listner comletley helpless against the symphony of  heavy as fuck, but the same tume sedative and mesmerizing tunes  taking its origins from the desolate  landscapes of Land Downunder. With the overall running time exceeding 70 minutes,  you will not find a better candidate to accompany you on a pleasing smoke-filled journey which will continue  for a big number of spins. OUTSTANDING 10/10

3 Law Of The Tongue 2012  - Law Of The Tongue

Yet another release from Australia is proudly taking  the third place in my top 10. All of you are fans of Eyehategod, right ?. So to say it plain and simple , these guys heave  unleashed a good dose of  lethal  hatred straight from the swamps of Louisiana ( soory, alligator-infested ponds of  some australian towns lol). A good warm up to make the tedious anticipation of  next Eyehategod full-length less tedious.

4 Eagle Twin 2012 - The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale

What i really like about Utah's Eagle Twin, is that there is  not another band existing in  our universe which has succeeded in sounding like them. Combining heavy-as- russian-concrete sludge with droning  tones from the bowels of the earth, and blending all this mess with  progressive twists of King Crimson and   hell-knowns what else, these duo is either worshipping the illuminated shape-shifting reptilians or  just playing an evil joke with us. Worshippers of The Sontaran Experiment will understand, even though these bands  hardly have anything in common.

5  The Disease Concept - 2012 - Liquor Bottles and Broken Steel

Yeah, this about rules, but if you don't enjoy struggling with morining hangovers  you can quit reading right now. The Disease Concept is the creme de la creme of the heavy sludge/doom scene, Corey Bing on drums (Fistula, Accept Death, Morbid Wizard, Sollubi, Ultralord, 10,000 other bands, etc.), Jesse Kling on vocals (Sollubi, Morbid Wizard, etc.), Dave Szulkin on guitars (Blood Farmers), Tommy Southard on guitars (Solace, Sollubi, ex-Godspeed), and Chris Griffith on bass (Sollubi, Pennsylvania Connection). Hell- yeah,  with such a line i would not have dropped a single tear had  the  dark  Mayan prophecy been delivered on Decebber the 21-st ! Hey, crack a bear open and  enjoy one of the best sludge opuses of all time.

(Blog Editor, Robustfest's org)

 1. Stone Machine - 2012 - Stone Machine (http://www.grooveyardrecords.com/stonemachineselftitled-.html)
2. Abe Diddy & The Krautboys - 2012 - Follow (http://abediddy.bandcamp.com/)
3. Groan - 2012 - The Divine Right of Kings (http://groan.bandcamp.com/)
4. Unsane – 2012 - Wreck
5. Disease Concept - 2012 - Liquor Bottles And Broken Steel (GoatSkull) (http://thediseaseconcept.bandcamp.com/)
6. Fontanelle - 2012 - Vitamin F (Southern Lord)
7. Slow Season - 2012 - Slow Season (http://www.slowseasonmusic.com/audio)
8. Castrovalva - 2012 - You're Not In Hell. You're in Purgatory My Friend LP (Brew) (http://brew.bandcamp.com/album/castrovalva-youre-not-in-hell-youre-in-purgatory-my-friend)
9. Fiona Apple - 2012 - The Idler Wheel
10. Primate - 2012 - Draw Back A Stump (Relapse) (http://primategrind.bandcamp.com/releases)
11. Stoned Jesus - 2012 - Seven Thunders Roar LP (Nasoni)
12. ZZ Top - 2012 - La Futura
13. Eggnogg - 2012 - Louis EP (http://eggnogg.bandcamp.com/album/louis-ep)
14. Skanska Mord - 2012 - Paths To Charon (http://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/paths-to-charon)
15. Melvins - 2012 - The Bulls & The Bees EP
16. High on Fire – 2012 - De Vermis Mysteriis LP
17. Redgrave - 2012 - National Act (http://lovitt.bandcamp.com/album/national-act)
18. Ethereal Riffian - 2012 - Dkyil Khor EP (http://etherealriffian.bandcamp.com/track/dkyil-khor)
19. Hot Fiction - 2012 - Apply Within (http://hotfiction.bandcamp.com/album/apply-within)
20. Pale Divine - 2012 - Painted Windows Black (http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/painted-windows-black)

 Hope you'll find something for yourself to listen to during the holidays.

Have a Robust-Stoned-Freakin-Awesome-Kickass New 2013 Year !!!
Cheers Robustfellows !


  1. Sorry, this is not a great comment. Just to say that I totally agree with Pale Divine.

    And also to thank you for your hard work. Bootlegs, discoveries, reviews, ect ... Thank you very much, and good luck!

  2. http://adistantrumble.blogspot.com/2012/12/2012-yeoldstinkeyes-best-of-best.html

  3. Some great Bands in those lists. Thanks for sharing.