Sweden's stoner rock band Dozer was formed in 1995 by vocalist and guitarist Frederik Nordin, lead guitarist Tommi Holappa, drummer Erik Bäckwall, and bassist Magnus Larsson, who would soon quit to pursue a martial arts career and be replaced by Johan Rockner. Dozer hailed from the sleepy town of Borlänge, but quickly started making waves on the international stoner rock scene when 1998's "Hawaii Cottage" was awarded "single of the week" honors by Kerrang! magazine. After several split releases and another single (1998's "The Phantom"), Dozer unleashed their year 2000 full-length debut, In the Tail of a Comet, through up-and-coming stoner rock label Man's Ruin.
The record landed on many critics' year-end Top Ten lists, and set the stage for a much anticipated sophomore effort in 2001's Madre de Dios. Unfortunately, both Dozer and their album fell victim to Man's Ruin's much lamented bankruptcy debacle later that year. A third opus, Call It Conspiracy, was released by vinyl experts Molten Universe in 2002. Dozer then decided to take time off from touring and recording to pursue parallel projects (most notably Holappa's Greenleaf), reconvening in early 2005 for a European tour with Extol and Mastodon. After installing new drummer Daniell Liden, Dozer finally set to recording their fourth full album, Through the Eyes of Heathens, released in 2006 by Small Stone Records.