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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46 comments
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.

Matt Pierce
Matt Pierce

Maybe in the 80's metal was fueled by cocaine.... best death metal out today is a bunch of stoners. And The Black Dahlia Murder rules with an iron fist!

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

I thought heavy metal = coke?

Sean Schroer
Sean Schroer

Korn, Devil Driver and Lamb of God. Fuck yeah.

Bryan Moberg
Bryan Moberg

All good bands, but Orange Goblin is a bit too thrashy for the list. I love them, but they don't fit.

Kurt Weißner
Kurt Weißner

I hate metal bands personally I feel like they just get wasted and piss themselves and try to head bang long enough hoping that one day their necks might stretch long enough to suck themselves off. I think all other genres relate to herb more so then metal.

Scott Coan
Scott Coan

I don't know if Husker Du would be considered metal, but they always worked just fine for me. Especially the Zen Arcade album.

romerogj
romerogj

Where is Tool? Yeah, I don't trust you to watch paint dry. 

Eric Pidgeon
Eric Pidgeon

Lol the first like, 4 bands are just bands with different variations of weed in the name. You have Kyuss, Down, High on Fire, Om, Sunn O))). All way more worthy of the boring doom metal you have posted. And Wizard should be #1!

Matt Pierce
Matt Pierce

Westword, you failed to mention the greatest stoner metal band out currently: The Black Dahlia Murder. Blistering metal, but the guys in that band smoke more pot than Cypress Hill.

Kevin Lawson
Kevin Lawson

you're listening to the wrong metal buddy, try electric wizard or elder

Dustin Roger Mikkelsen
Dustin Roger Mikkelsen

None, I like to relax when I smoke, metal makes me want to do the opposite. Pink Floyd, Queen, and/or Rush is the way to go

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

if I smoked, I'd probably listen to Six Feet Under because Chris Barnes is a big supporter -and smoker- of weed. and Cliff Burton era Metallica since he was into it as well.

Griff2
Griff2

The Sword - they rock.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

They started metal itself, not stoner rock..come on now.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Sabbath is NOT a stoner band are you fuckin' serious?

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