At this time last year, Stoned Meadow of Doom was one of the biggest influences in Stoner Rock. Headed by genre superfan Clint Beed, Stoned Meadow of Doom (sometimes written as SMoD) has promoted a wide variety of bands since 2013, amassing a YouTube following of more than 300,000 subscribers. Eventually, Beed even managed to spin off the successful YouTube channel to launch Stoned Meadow of Doom Fest, an annual celebration of Stoner Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom Metal, and Sludge Metal. For bands just starting out in these genres, SMoD has been an effective way to reach a larger audience.
Beed’s status as a promoter throughout the Rock/Metal industry has dwindled in recent months, however. After years of questionable behavior, one weekend in February 2020 changed the course of his career—and Stoned Meadow of Doom—forever.
The Warning Signs: The Foreshadowing of Stoned Meadow of Doom’s Decline
Almost from the start, Beed’s business practices have been questionable. Beed and his YouTube channel have received heaps of criticism for taking YouTube ad revenue without sharing the profits with the bands featured on the SMoD channel—despite the fact that the channel regularly shares entire albums. Many of these bands are unknown or up-and-coming musicians, so many have to accept simple exposure in exchange for appearing on Stoned Meadow of Doom.
The Stoned Meadow of Doom Fest has received equal amounts of criticism. Held every year from 2016 to 2018, the first festival was decried for its pay-to-play model of forcing lesser-known bands to pay for space on the stage. In many ways, this was even worse than the YouTube channel’s business model. Instead of bands handing over their record for exposure, they were now paying for exposure.
There was also Beed’s behavior behind the scenes. Beed gained a reputation for fighting with competing channels, often reporting similar YouTube music channels and attempting to get them shut down.
As unsavory as his business tactics may be, his behavior on a personal level has been equally alarming, especially on Facebook. The SMOD Nation Facebook group has amassed nearly 14,000 members as of this writing, but the group has long been controversial for its rampant racist and sexist posts. Much of this behavior has been spurred by the group’s “Shitpost Saturdays,” a window for members to post and comment disgusting opinions and jokes without consequence.
This history of unchecked behavior has led to a serious blow to the reputations of both Beed and Stoned Meadow of Doom.
February 2020: A Turning Point
In February of 2020, a series of vitriolic posts and comments came to light, partially from the SMOD Nation Facebook group and partially in other places on the internet.
As Metal Sucks reported earlier in the year, Beed took a series of hard-to-ignore turns, including supporting a hate speech from Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, attacking Acid Mammoth for uploading their music to another channel, suggesting that Jews secretly run the government, and stating that European settlers never stole land from Native Americans.
For a moment, Beed appeared to retract his statements, explaining that he’s not racist and that Shitpost Saturday is a place where jokes can get edgy and shouldn’t be taken literally. This post was quickly removed, and Beed went on to attack those who disagreed with him publicly.
As the music scene took notice, many bands moved to distance themselves from Beed and Stoned Meadow of Doom—even bands who had once been promoted by the YouTube channel.
Truckfighters may have found themselves in the most awkward position of all. Their popular Gravity X album cover is taken from a comic book series called Space:1999. Beed has stated in the past that Gravity X was influential on getting into Stoner Rock and similar genres—enough that the Stoned Meadow of Doom icon is the same image from Space:1999.
Truckfighters immediately moved to distance themselves from Beed and Stoned Meadow of Doom as quickly as possible to prevent any misconceptions about ties between the band and the YouTube channel.
Stoned Meadow of Doom Today
Six months removed from February 2020, Stoned Meadow of Doom seems to be doing fine overall. Fans still flock to the YouTube channel, and any sort of mass unsubscribes from the channel seem to have been replaced. As of today, Stoned Meadow of Doom has about 349,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Still, it’s probable that Beed’s reputation has been tarnished beyond repair. In today’s cancel culture with little tolerance for bigotry, it’s unlikely Beed will enjoy much more success beyond his Facebook page and YouTube channel.