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.


Floodgate - Penalty (1996)

Floodgate were a 4 piece band from New Orleans, USA. If you don't know them maybe the name Kyle Thomas rings some bells (vocals in Exhorder and Alabama Thunderpussy). Anyone who is a fan of Down as well as Pantera I might say, has to check this one. Smoked, Southern-driven bluesy-stoner at its best. Great sludgy riffage, great vocals by Kyle, grooves spreading all over the place but also chill-out moments too (see "Whole"). This is their one and only album released in 1996 by Roadrunner Records (later on they were kicked out from the label. Apparently nu-metal was not what Floodgate wanted) and it's awesome from all sides. Definitely a must-listen release!

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