Doomed Nation

Sounds For The Lost Generation

Weedian presents a brand new compilation »Trip To North Carolina«!

Weedian presents an American trip this time with a brand new compilation »Trip To North Carolina« featuring many incredible artists such as Corrosion Of Conformity, ASG, Buzzov•en, Weedeater, U.S. Christmas, Sourvein, Cosmic Reaper, The Sign Of The Southern Cross, Crystal Spiders, Hail!Hornet, Solar Halos, Bask, Doomsday Profit, Toke, Irata, Lightning Born, Witchtit, HolyRoller, Righteous Fool and more.

01. Squidlord – Washed Up
02. Weedeater – God Luck And Good Speed
03. Righteous Fool – The Overblown
04. Sourvein – Fangs
05. Toke – Legalize Sin
06. Irata – Weightless
07. Cosmic Reaper – Wasteland II
08. ASG – Low End Insight
09. Corrosion Of Conformity – Paranoid Opioid
10. The Sign Of The Southern Cross – Eating The Sun
11. Buzzov•en – Vagabond
12. Stonekind – Black Molasses
13. Bask – New Dominion
14. Doomsday Profit – Crown Of Flies
15. U.S. Christmas – Wolf On Anareta
16. Bedowyn – Lord Of The Suffering
17. Solar Halos – The Living Tide
18. Ape Vermin – Arctic Noise
19. Shun – Heese
20. Voidward – Wolves
21. Weight Shift – Orb (Dissonant Whispers)
22. Lightning Born – Shifting Winds
23. Crystal Spiders – C-U-N HELL
24. Bongfoot – Blood Orgy
25. Seth Hutchinson – Quest For Fire
26. Hail!Hornet – Scars7
27. The Asound – Moss Man
28. HolyRoller – Axe Of Abraham
29. Thundering Herd – One Shot Down
30. Lie Heavy – Unbeliever
31. Hempire – Bongbroth
32. Kult Ikon – Lost Sea
33. Istari – See You Later (Live 2022)
34. Inanimus – Staghunter
35. Temptations Wings – Sea Of Woe
36. Bog Loaf – Flaccid And Placid
37. Witchtit – Traveler
38. Escaping Aghartha – Chytrid
39. Wailin Storms – Lost
40. Luurch – Eddie Tea
41. Rocky MTN Roller – Monster
42. StormWatchers – Burning Road
43. Darth Kannabyss – chewbongwa
44. Cromagnon – Back To The Caves
45. Beastial Piglord – My Mannequin Wife
46. Old Moons – Deathbed Fantasy
47. Phthartic – The Pervasive Truth

“Here’s to the land of the Long Leaf Pine.”

So begins North Carolina’s state toast. And as we embark on this aural trip through the state’s heaviest specimens, let’s first raise a glass (or glassware) to The Old North State.

Despite the toast’s glowing ode to North Carolina, the state is much more complex than trees and flowers.

On one side of the state roars the mighty Atlantic, whose tides shift the land to her whims, swallowing ships and houses along the way. On the other, the unfathomably ancient Appalachian mountains, whose long forgotten secrets still lay buried in granite and coal.

From one side to the other, this land is steeped like sweet tea in dark legends and darker truths, where Bigfoot has been said to roam, and where the Devil paces and plots his schemes. It’s where Blackbeard harbored, and where moonshiners raced against the law. Though it was the last state to do so, North Carolina joined the Confederacy and its soldiers reclaimed the working class epithet »Tar Heel«, as a point of pride. But less than a hundred years later, North Carolinian activists stared down Jim Crow from their stools at Greensboro lunch counters. Those embers of conflict still smolder.

So it’s no wonder a state so shaped by elemental powers and generational conflict has spawned an explosion of musical icons. James Taylor. George Clinton. Nina Simone. Doc Watson. Elizabeth Cotten. Thelonius Monk. The list goes on.

And this, being so focused on the heavier side of the spectrum, probably had you assuming we’d be starting off with Corrosion Of Conformity. But, no. The roots of heavy music go much deeper here. Hell, you could argue (and I will), that heavy metal itself emerged from the hands of Dunn, N.C. native Link Wray, with the roaring power chords of »Rumble«.

So yes, while it’s hard to overstate the influence Corrosion Of Conformity has had in defining – and redefining – the sounds of Southern heaviness, they did not emerge from a vacuum.

Those same gnarled roots, reaching from mountains to sea, through stone and clay and sand, touch all of us making loud sounds down here. It’s in the tobacco-spit brew of hardcore and sludge crafted by Buzzov-en and Seven Foot Spleen, just as it’s in the slower and more humid grooves of Weedeater and Sourvein.

The call to play slow and heavy spread here like kudzu, consuming influences as broad as psychedelic rock and Americana (see: U.S. Christmas, Solar Halos, Bask) to epic metal (Hour Of 13, Daylight Dies). Looking for heady grooves? We’ve got Crystal Spiders, Mean Green, HolyRoller, Toke, ASG, Shun, The Asound, and so many more. Looking for something more aggressive? Try Hempire, Bongfoot, or …and I become death, who bring notes of thrash and hardcore into the mix. And there’s always plenty of capital-D DOOM, too. Try Cosmic Reaper’s fuzz-blasted trips, or Mourning Cloak’s dour and tense epics. Or, maybe you’d prefer to drop into one of Kult Ikon’s instrumental labyrinths, or Escaping Aghartha’s blackened meditations, or Ape Vermin’s progressive yet still sludge-flecked sound.

And this is only scratching the surface. The red clay dirt is as fertile for heavy riffs as it is for tobacco and sweet potatoes. It may not always feel like the “The blessed land, the best land,” but for better and worse, it’s our land. I’ll drink to that.

Words by Bryan Reed (Doomsday Profit)

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All tracks procured by permission of the bands and/or their record labels.

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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