The ten best stoner metal bands

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No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you're into that slow burning, hazy sound or a faster heavier more intense variety, there are as many ' stoner' metal bands as there are strains of marijuana. The following artists are best heard in a more mellow state of mind; but be warned, while some of these bands might look stoned in appearance, they all possess similar sound waves and patterns that heavy are enough to shatter your glass bong. So burn a bowl of your best stash, and turn your speakers up loud for the following. Here's our list of the Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands.


10.Bongripper
This disturbing doom metal group formed in the Chicago area around a decade ago, and is known for a dark, hateful, harsh mix of misery and clouds of pot smoke, presented in a zoned out instrumental fashion with no vocals. This is an ambient and experimental version of metal that many stoners find appealing. The songs are insanely long, and sometimes cloudy and repetitive but head jerking in a way that wakes your mind up like a Sativa but lulls your body into a violent numbness like an Indica. Stoners love the band's sick and twisted sense of humor, with albums such as The Great Barrier Reefer (2005), and Hippie Killer (2007), which featured the fan favorite, 'Reefer Southerland.' Also in 2007, the band released Heroin,which packs the punch of doom metal but moves more towards an ambient direction. The actual presentation, that came with the CD included a tiny 'users' kit, with fake spoon lighter and rubber band.


9.Weedeater
Imagine a band that would be the musical equivalent of overdosing on potent pot edibles. This is Weedeater, formed in the mid '90s, in North Carloina, and now referred to as one of stoner metal's loudest, and most intense bands, both live and on record. The heavy guitar tones that echo the thunderous bass and smashing drums all roll up tightly to form a sludgy Southern Rock tinged doom metal that is thick with walls of sound and layered with fuzzy riffs. Weedeater features vocalist and bassist Dave 'Dixie' Collins formerly of Bongzilla. (See below).

See also: The 10 Most Satanic Metal Bands



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Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Hip Hop has a far greater affinity for weed than metal. Metal is the absolute last thing I want to hear when I'm high.

Aric Villarreal
Aric Villarreal

What, no Pentagram, Leafhound, or Blue Oyster Cult? Did you guys just pull band names randomly out of the Relapse or Southern Lord back catalogs?

Richard Carlsen
Richard Carlsen

Can we all just admit that weed makes all music better?

Curley Wolff
Curley Wolff

HOW...I say HOW is Fu Manchu not on this list....?

Matt Gimlin
Matt Gimlin

Anyone who knows less about something than I do is an idiot and anyone who knows more is a loser who needs to get laid.

Jónatas Roze
Jónatas Roze

I would say hip hop has a WAY stronger connection to weed than metal. Metal may be more enjoyable stoned but the entire premise of this piece is bullshit.

Steven Stott
Steven Stott

No other genre, other than Reggae? Hmmm...the Jamband scene (e.g., the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread, .moe, String Cheese, etc) are pretty infamous for their connection to canabis.

Maxwell Stark
Maxwell Stark

Every single metal band we play with smokes weed.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

I always thought Ted Nugent's Stranglehold was a great stoner song.

Bruce Porter
Bruce Porter

But I do love the open dialogue when it comes to smoking chronic! Just don't mix fortune cookie with blurple..... Paranoia City man!

Bruce Porter
Bruce Porter

I'm not saying it's bad to like metal but when I get toasty I to trip with some good ol Slightly Stoopid or sweet reggae. I don't know for me I like to chill out enjoy my high and let it be a spiritual awakening. Heavy metal just seems to take my buzz down. I'm wanting to keep that high blissful as much as I can and heavy metal seems to just pull me down now like I said I am my own person so it may not affect you like it does me but its just my opinion. So if you like heavy why ya gettin funky then by all means toke up!

Matt Pyles
Matt Pyles

I saw The Sword open for Metallica. I thought they sucked personally! Most of the other bands on here are good though.

Todd Conrad
Todd Conrad

Yeah that's what everyone first seems to see or hear, but I don't see it so much as anger as much as a like this powerful passion of that driving force; the subdivisions of time changing and returning with intricate details that give it a badass attitude! But I do listen to more of drums/bass anyway, but just like any music some of its crap and some not, and so on etc. Lol ✌ \m/

Martin Straceski
Martin Straceski

I strongly believe you Todd Conrad. U r an educated musican. I just think metal is angry music, but I can see!

Todd Conrad
Todd Conrad

I heavily disagree, I rock the shit outta my double bass just rocking the fuck out going all heavy! Just makes me get all into it and just going wild!! Woo!! Check this banjo solo in this awesome metal strong!! Man I love the chorus in this one too!! Revocation - Revocation - Invidious (Official Music Video): http://youtu.be/7Pcmzz8Bl2Y

Richard Carlsen
Richard Carlsen

Also the writer of this article clearly isn't that familiar with this genre of music. Not much to quarrel with on the list, other than the Sword. However, he incorrectly calls Sleeps holy mountain, Jerusalem and Dopesmoker a trio of albums. I hate to be that guy, but someone with the most rudimentary knowledge of Sleep would know that Jerusalem and Dopesmoker are the same album. Granted Dopesmoker is the album that's closest to what Sleep was going for, calling the three albums a trio is a false suggestion. Also you mispelled Neurosis, which is a sin most unforgivable.

Doug Brown
Doug Brown

I guess I'm kinda old then I kinda like Pink Floyd

Brandon Craig
Brandon Craig

This was a thread on reddit like a week ago. It even had almost all of the exact same bands listed. Coincidence?

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

With the exception of Sleep and (some) Black Sabbath, this list of stoner music (not stoner metal) is pretty overrated and I was pretty appalled to not at least see (the) Melvins on it. A few other good examples are Eyehategod, Clutch, Dystopia, Anhedonist, Neurosis, Butthole Surfers, (some) Noothgrush, and maybe even some Faith No More.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

lol 9 bands I've never heard of and then you throw in Black Sabbath at the end?

Matt Loomis
Matt Loomis

You shouldn't have cannabis corpse on here. They're death metal. Put red fang or clutch.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

I thought that stoners and jam bands went hand in hand or even rap. Hell, this list has one big name. Rap would include snoop, Dre, cypress Hill, and countless others.

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