As you MAY have noticed, I haven't posted for a while now....for a lot of reasons which I don't find necessary to mention. Anyway I decided to put Stoned Sun Vibrations on hiatus and concentrate my efforts to Downtuned Magazine ('n' Radio). Many of you probably know that Downtuned Mag is dedicated to the Greek heavy rock scene but since I've started Downtuned Radio too, I'm thinking of including posts about releases from all over the world. Apparently I'm going to keep a ratio but we'll see how it'll evolve.
From now on, you can find me on Downtuned Mag. And for any bands interested in reviewing/including them in radio's rotation etc., you can come in touch with me through the contact form over there. As I wrote above. I'll try to keep a ratio and at least in the beginning I'll try to "promote" mostly "smaller", more independent bands that deserve your attention.
So I want to thank each and everyone of you out there who supported, read, promoted and helped this blog. Also a big fat thanks to all the bands which helped SSV in their own way.
That's all for now folks! Thanks again! Maybe SSV will be back someday. Or maybe Downtuned will become better than SSV.... Who knows.
Be well and stay heavy!
PS: Rock Trips Mixtapes will be back soon.... They'll be the only thing posted from now on. Perhaps some other personal comps too.


Brandband - Alice, Bob And Blackhole (2011)

Second album for BrandBand from Russia. A great mix of stoner,southern and retro-hard instrumental rock packed up in 7 tracks(plus 4 bonus tracks). It's heavy,groovy and bluesy at times(I would compare them with bands in the spirit of Clutch),motivating you to press the repeat each time it ends. It's a shame bands like that,not to be listened widely. Probably,their albums are self-released and they giving it for free download at their site. Cheers!
As for their history:
"Officially, the history of brand band (Brand Bend) began in the winter of 2006 when two old pals Volnov Alex - drums and Katyshev Dmitry guitar, vocal jam together and play Cover favorite teams. 
However, their collaboration began much earlier, back in the early 90's as part of his first band, which lasted only a couple of years. 
In what ways musicians have dispersed. Alex Volnov heavy music but I got carried away Katyshev Dmitry blues, but this time musicians maintained friendly relations. And finally in the already mentioned 2006 year, have formed their own team decided to focus on music of black sabbath, led zeppelin, lynyrd skynyrd and other 70's teams. 
In the course of 2007. in the brand band (Brand Bend), there were several changes which have concerned mainly the bass guitar and the middle, the band was formed as a trio: free Alex - drums, Katyshev Dmitry guitar / vocals and Andrei Mironov - bass guitar. 
In this line-up recorded the first album of brand band (Brand Bend), and filmed the video for "Dream"."(Auto translated from their site)

Their first release:

Or you can grab them straight from their site.

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