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.


Core - Revival (1996) & The Hustle Is On (1999)

A little more New Jersey stoner rock for you...and one of my favorite bands of the scene. Core were a trio formed in mid-90's by Finn Ryan (guitar, vocals, he joined Atomic Bitchwax in 2004), Carmine Pernini (bass) and Tim Ryan (drums). They released their debut album "Revival" (produced by Billy Anderson)  in 1996 and their second one "The Hustle Is On" in 1999.  They split-up in 2000 I think. They had toured with some of the biggest names of the scene such as Orange Goblin, Fu Manchu, Atomic Bitchwax, Clutch, Nebula....

Although their albums' duration is quite long, especially "Revival" with almost 75min duration, they don't get me tired at all. Heavy crunchy riffs, fuzzed-out sound, clean vocals and a great rhythm section are all I need. Unfortunately they never got what they deserve and many of us have forgotten them by the time being. The interesting thing for a band of this "genre" is that they don't use any bluesy or boogie elements in their debut (or at least they're much fewer from genre's standards), 'cause "The Hustle Is On" includes a lot of them and it quite reminds me of Atomic Bitchwax. Anyway, two albums I mostly recommend to stoner fans for their solid grooves. Cheers!

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