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Latest Reviews - October 20, 2016
(Splitting The Light)
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Neo folk, Acoustic
Sounds Like: Erudite Stoner, Michael Hedges
When it comes to dark instrumental folk albums, there is a tremendous amount of artists out there when you start to dig around. To our delight we have been introduced to Shades from Portugal. The duo has released a dark, yet comforting debut album in Splitting The Light. If you like peacefu... Full Review and Video Clip
Taman Shud
(Oracle War)
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.6 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic, Experimental
Sounds Like: Hookworms, Metz, UFOMAMMUT
Look down this track listing. How could this not be good with such intriguing song titles as "Nine Knots," "Slime Liturgy" and "Aquatic Malign" and the artwork on the album cover?... damn! These folks certainly know how to push our buttons. After having reviewed so many albums over the years we have... Full Review and Video Clip
The Archaic Revival
(Rock and Roll Holocaust)
Staff Rating: Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Hard rock, Rockabilly, Metal
Sounds Like: Volbeat, Planet of Zeus, Demonspeed
The Archaic Revival are an energetic three piece hard rock band from Australia. Their third release Rock and Roll Holocaust is a high flying and freewheeling rollercoaster ride of hard rock and rockabilly. If you love the upbeat enthusiastic attitude of Volbeat or the heaviness of Planet of... Full Review and Video Clip
Fire Down Below
(Viper Vixen Goddess Saint)
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Truckfighters, Kyuss, Stick
Fire Down Below deliver some massive grinding grooves coupled with wildly intense bass-work on their debut album entitled Viper Vixen Goddess Saint. The band hailing from Ghent, Belgium has a refreshing sound that brings back some old school grunge melodies along with sporadic more modern c... Full Review and Video Clip
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Clutch, Scissorfight
It was 2003 in Poughkeepsie, NY when we caught the band Sugar Daddie open up for Clutch at the quaint venue The Chance. We were immediately hooked, the band from Philadelphia took by surprise with their blend of stoner, punk, blues. We saw them a couple more times as they became steady players in ou... Full Review and Video Clip
Need Her Liver
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Mad Season, Days of the New
Man this Diego Giannini has an impressive voice. So infectious that the vocal variety becomes the backbone of what is Ancona Italy’s Need Her Liver. Their sophomore release entitled Nuna is full of texture and energy that will continue to grow on you with each listen. Need Her Liver h... Full Review and Video Clip
(Toking Up the Takings)
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Space rock
Sounds Like: Spacemen 3, Earthless, Kayleth
You can never have too much galactic endeavors in your collection. KOZMOTRON hailing from Belgium deliver some orbital splendor on their 30 minute, three song journey entitled Toking Up the Takings. The trio show tremendous patience and chemistry as each are given ample oxygen to interweave... Full Review and Video Clip
The Surrealist
(Naked Awareness)
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Experimental
Sounds Like: Lite, Scale the Summit
Nestled in the Northeast U.S., welcome The Surrealist, a two-man instrumental progressive band based out of Boston, MA. This project composed of guitarist Roopam Garg and drummer John-Marc Degaard have released a stimulating blend of progressive metal combined with some sort of modern odd experiment... Full Review and Video Clip
(The Inception)
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Sludge, Doom
Sounds Like: Pallbearer, Bloodiest, Fudge Tunnel
The Inception is the aptly titled new EP from Jaen Spain's Oddhums. The trio's debut contains some very dark and weighting moods. Will's lead vocals remind us of a mix between Godflesh (Justin Broadrick) and Fudge Tunnel (Alex Newport)  illicit a very ominous tone of heavy weight paint... Full Review and Video Clip
Crown Lands
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Wolfmother
From Toronto, Canada welcome the high flying duo of Crown Lands. Comprised of lead vocalist and drummer Cody Bowles and guitarist/bassist Kevin Comeau, the duo bring forth an energetic effort to their debut EP Mantra. At first listen it’s nearly impossible not to compare them to Wolfm... Full Review and Video Clip
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