Vincebus Eruptum, is considered to be a major influence in Stoner Rock and also the formation of Heavy Metal.
Sir Lord Baltimore is a band from 1968, which has been defined as the grandfather of Stoner Rock, and the band Leaf Hound has also been linked to the creation of Stoner Rock.
The only album of the band Primevil, Smokin ‘bats at Camton’s since 1974, has been dubbed “Cornerstone Stoner Rock”.
Jim DeRogatis says that Stoner Rock is influenced by jam session bands like Cream, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Hawkwind. He also adds that the roots of Stoner Rock are included in the album Master of Reality with Black Sabbath, Hawkwinds albums from 1973-1977, Blue Cheer’s most famous songs, Deep Head, and Workshop of the Telescopes with Blue Öyster Cult.
At Allmusic, the genre is described as such.
Stoner Metal updates the long, mind-bending jams and super heavy guitars from bands such as Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Blue Eyes Cult and Hawkwind, filtering the acidic effect through the sound of the grunge genre.
Some bands did not get inspired from the old rock idols. Josh Homme, former guitarist of Kyuss and founder of the Queens of the Stone Age says he has never been interested in Heavy Metal, even trying to avoid listening to music that was supposed to be inspired by the scene. Rather, he received inspiration from Punk Rock albums such as My War with the band Black Flag
In California in the latter part of the nineties, some bands formed the Stoner rock scene. However, the first Soundgarden album, Ultramega OK, which came out in 1988, is considered the first album that could be identified as Stoner Rock.
Stoner Rock formed around what one could call the Palm Desert Scene. In that scene there were bands like Kiss, Nebula, Fu Manchu and more. The first Kiss album, Blues for the Red Sun, appeared on the scene immediately and is considered a great cornerstone in heavy music.