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Latest Reviews - May 24, 2017
Wax Ruins
(Heavygazer)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Shoegaze, Post metal
Sounds Like: Swervedriver, Rancho Relaxo, Sons of Otis
The debut album from Dallas, Texas very own Wax Ruins is a unique melting pot of atmospheric rock. What we have here is an album that combines the soft, repetitive nature of 90s shoegaze along with elements of Post-metal and stoner rock, it’s quite a unique listen. Consisting of members Brian ... Full Review and Video Clip
Electric Octopus
(This Is Our Culture)
2016
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Earthless, Ten East, Phish
Talk about bands flying under the radar. Instrumental psyche rockers Electric Octopus has quietly been releasing some stellar instrumental music this year. The trio hailing from Belfast, UK has captivated us with their blend of psychedelic soaked, blues filled jams. What we have here is three instru... Full Review and Video Clip
Loose Buttons
(Sundays With)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Indie, Rock
Sounds Like: Side Saddle, Eyes On The Shore, The Shins
Lead singer Eric Nizgretsky has an infectious warmth to his vocals. Not quite the levity that Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) brings but a very similar vibe. Eric shows quite the range with pretty dramatic highs and lows on the band's latest EP entitled Sundays With. The New York City ten year... Full Review and Video Clip
Cosmic Fall
(Kick Out The Jams)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy psyche rock
Sounds Like: Samsara Blues Experiment, Earthless, Causa Sui
Cosmic Fall from Berlin, Germany could be one of the most overlooked new acts to hit the psychedelic rock scene in the past year. Having released a terrific debut in 2016 titled First Fall, we are now graced with Kick Out The Jams. This one contains seven tracks running at 92 minut... Full Review and Video Clip
GoatHawkBuffalo
(Release the Beast)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Sludge rock
Sounds Like: The Midnight Ghost Train, Wo Fat
While we find humor in the common blending of two animals in a band name, the tactic of using three had us intrigued enough to give this one a gander. What we discovered was a pretty damn impressive tight four tracks. If you could bottle up Neil Fallon’s vocals off Clutch’s first albumTr... Full Review and Video Clip
The Cyclist Conspiracy
(Mashallah Plan Virility)
2016
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Experimental
Sounds Like: Wellwater Conspiracy, Amon Duul II, Rasputina
Welcome to the world of The Cyclist Conspiracy where psychedelic rock meets World music. The band From Belgrade, Serbia is truly a unique talent, we actually cannot find any comparisons to help describe their music. Just imagine what instrumental psychedelic rock fronted by female chants would sound... Full Review and Video Clip
Blanket
(Our Brief Encounters)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: And So I Watch You From Afar, Caspian
The debut EP from The UK's Blanket entitled Our Brief Encounters delivers some heartfelt indie Post-rock variety. The integration of subtle warm vocals much akin to Sigur Ros or Bon Iver and sporadic spoken word adds a bit more texture than the garden variety Post-rock debut. Blanket hold t... Full Review and Video Clip
The Bones of J.R. Jones
(Spirit's Furnace)
2016
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Blues, Folk
Sounds Like: The Dead South, Lord Huron, Dan Auerbach
Is he from the heart of Tennessee or Mississippi? His sound is so deep rooted and rustic that was our first conclusion. Hailing from central New York Jonathan Linaberry represents blues and folk at its highest levels. Our minds shift to the deep woods of the Appalachian trail where soul meets a cert... Full Review and Video Clip
Kuma
(Death Is Coming)
2017
Staff Rating: Turn this to 5.4 of 11
Genre: Post-Hardcore
Sounds Like: Malevolence, Soilent Green
We find it very difficult to discover fresh post metal bands who can take this genre outside the box and hit us with something unique. Kuma, from Germany are a four-piece post-metal/hardcore band who caught our attention via the album cover. Let’s cut right to the bone… Kuma bring forth... Full Review and Video Clip
Familiars
(This Water That Is Warm (I Will Soon Join))
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: The Janitors, White Hills, Cult of Dom Keller
Fans of heavy psychedelic rock rejoice as you are about to discover one of Canada’s up and coming rock bands. Hailing from Ontario, Familiars have steadily released three EP’s that have flown way under the radar. Band members Kevin Vansteenkiste, Anton Babych and Jared MacIntyre have a k... Full Review and Video Clip
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