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Latest Reviews - January 15, 2018
War Cloud
(ST)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Floating Goat, Bad Wizard, Iron Maiden
The stoner metal scene has just received a kick in the gut with the debut release from War Cloud. The three-piece busting out of Oakland, California has reinvigorated our love for all things metal with their fervor and ambitious stoner metal shredding. War Cloud is brilliant at leveraging classic me... Full Review and Video Clip
Blood Fire Moon
(Ready to Roll)
2017
Staff Rating: Turn this to 5.1 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Tumbleweed
What a great album cover to lure us in, it’s vibrant and what’s not to like about a skull and a crow? We thought this could be some new fuzz to add to our heavy rotation. However, the debut EP from The Netherlands-based BolldFireMoon is far from all fuzzy, it’s a mid-tempo rock alb... Full Review and Video Clip
Cymothoa
(Destination Exile)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Industrial
Sounds Like: Mastodon, Lagwagon, Burnt By The Sun
There is not enough instrumental metal in the world and we have identified a clear need for this genre. For those that love the shred but prefer not to put up with incessant death metal vocals or lofty/sappy over the top prog rock pipes with death metal vocals or sappy angelic prog metal pipes, ther... Full Review and Video Clip
Bethlehem Steel
(Party Naked Forever)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Coathangers, The Kills
Booming Brooklyn... the next Austin? Well each year the most populous borough seems to spawn intriguing talent as the music scene expands. In the midst are natives Bethlehem Steel delivering some refreshing heartfelt rock & roll with splashes of punk/hardcore. The foursome’s third release ... Full Review and Video Clip
Potato Hate Explosion
(Flower Violence)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.6 of 11
Genre: Cyber grind metal, Noise rock, Experimental
Sounds Like: iwresteledabearonce, Black Dahlia Murder, Code Orange
Cyber grind metal specialist Potato Hate Explosion is a one man project based in Bowling Green, Missouri. The Cyber grind genre that was possibly coined by Potato Hate Explosion is a modern sub-genre of grind metal. Picture bands like iwrestledabearonce or Black Dahlia Murder with splashes of e... Full Review and Video Clip
Ancestro
(El Gran Altar)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Electric Wizard, Sleep, Karma To Burn
Ancestro’s sophomore release, El Gran Altar literally wigged out our high-end speaker system as the onslaught of fuzz caused continued static reverberation to occur after the blissful 42 minute journey came to an end. The trio hailing from Trujillo, Peru have a massive sound that feat... Full Review and Video Clip
Instruments of Torture
(Redux)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Unsane, Reveille, Bloodlet
There is something to be said for a good heartfelt and concise use of the word "fuck". We have been longing for a band and album that bleeds authenticity in their anger and use of the word "fuck". Alas Instruments of Torture hailing from Bristol UK take us back to the 90s where polished well thought... Full Review and Video Clip
Planet of the 8s
(ST)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Queens of the Stoneage, Truckfighters, Lo-Pan
The debut release by Australia natives Planet of the 8s is a sweet sounding rock album that is currently flying way under the radar. The trio display tremendous chemistry as they take us on a journey through stoner and straight-up heavy rock. Upon first listen you will hear a heavy Queens of the Sto... Full Review and Video Clip
Les Lekin
(Died With Fear)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Elder, Glowsun, Russian Circles
Heavy psych instrumentalists Les Lekin have returned with a monumental follow-up to 2014’s All Black Rainbow Moon. The Austria-based three-piece show growth and the willing to explore new territories on Died With Fear. The musicianship is very open-ended and takes us on a jou... Full Review and Video Clip
I Captain
(Tiid)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Farflung, Sleep, Ethereal Riffian
Just as the year is coming to a close and we have gathered our top 11 heavy albums of 2017, we are introduced to Finland’s I, Captain. After a few rotations we knew there was something special here, an album that needs to be added to our top 11. Something has to give; we cannot have 12 top alb... Full Review and Video Clip
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