Faerie Ring, the hazy and gloomy stoner doom band from Evansville, Indiana, channels their love for bombastic riffs, soaring vocals, high fantasy, and science fiction into Weary Traveler, a mystical and weed-inspired romp recorded by Alex Kercheval (Coven) and set for release through King Volume Records. Weary Traveler is a marked step forward in the band's songwriting and recording processes. While their debut album (2019's The Clearing) was an amalgam of massive riffs recorded in a friend's basement, Weary Traveler delivers a coordinated and deliberate buffet of cohesive songs meticulously written by the band. Just as important, the album was professionally recorded at Postal Recording Studio in Indianapolis by Alex Kercheval, an essential part of the legendary rock band Coven. Under Kercheval's guidance, the band recorded directly to tape and took numerous opportunities to experiment in the studio. Experimentation was a key part of the creative process in Weary Traveler. For "Silver Man In The Sky," another single, the band wanted the sound of an anvil, so they took an iron skillet (which the band wound up cooking in a few hours later) into the recording booth and bashed it with a hammer in front of a $20,000 Telefunken microphone. Weary Traveler is punctuated by three distinctive, enthralling singles: "Silver Man In the Sky," "Never Rains at Midnight," and "Lover." "Silver Man In the Sky" combines massive, Sleep-inspired riffs with Brant Bjork-styled flourishes, "Never Rains At Midnight" is a foot-stomping headbanger that displays traces of Trouble and The Obsessed, while "Lover" channels Fu Manchu energy through a gloomy Doom delivery. Overall, Weary Traveler is a six-pack of masterful riffage and stunning melodies.