Monday, October 14, 2013
A Storm Of Light
As The Valley... (2011)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Atmospheric metal
Sounds Like: Minsk, Neurosis, ISIS
Founded by Josh Graham of Neurosis, Red Sparowes and Battle of Mice fame comes A Storm of Light. On their third release, they pound out some terrific laid back, apocalyptic, post-doom metal. These long, drawn-out songs require the listeners’ attention, as the elements of rock, metal and doom c...
Thursday, March 19, 2015
A Swarm of the Sun
The Rifts (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Post metal
Sounds Like: Katatonia, Alcest
A Swarm of the Sun is a Swedish duo comprised of musicians Erik Nilsson and Jakob Berglund. Their second full length The Rifts is a reflective journey into the minds of these two artists. It is a very well balanced album of Post-metal, shoegaze and even Post-rock. The Rifts is written and p...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Earth, Pallbearer, Goatsnake
Abrahma are a very unique heavy psych rock band from France, and if you’re not familiar with them, this is your lucky day. Their second full length release Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird from Small Stone Record label is a dynamically rich album. The styles vary tremendously rangi...
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Acid Bath
Paegan Terrorism Tactics (1996)
Crank this to 10 of 11
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Genre: Hardcore, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Down, Crowbar, Pantera
“Kitchen knifes conspire razor blades make bloodless love”.
Released in 1996, hail one of the most elaborate, apocalyptic tempo-changing, and dark albums you will ever hear. No matter how many listens, you will still pick-up  new images within the lyrics that paint some eerie...
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Adrift For Days
Lunar Maria (2010)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Doom
Sounds Like: Acid Bath, Electric Wizard
Weighing in at nearly 71 minutes, Australia's Adrift For Days' 2010 saga Lunar Maria is certainly worth your time. Our primary motivation for reviewing this album is in anticipation of their newest album to be release in a few months. We find the champions in this genre are often the most p...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
ST (2014)
Turn this to 4.9 of 11
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Coheed and Cambria, Fall of Troy, Poison the Well
Post-hardcore can be such a hit and miss genre as many bands today sound very similar to one another. There are bands however that show signs of talent that could pull them away from the pack if only they had more direction. Take Adventurer for example, their 2014 Self-Titled album falls ri...
Monday, August 19, 2019
Prokopton (2019)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: Arch Enemy, In Flames
Hailing from Toulouse, France, death metal foursome Aephanemer have launched a monumental sophomore release with Prokopton. The album is a breath of fresh air for the death metal community as many bands today sound like their just going through the motions. Prokopton will take you ...
Monday, November 10, 2014
Seclusion (2004)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Death Cab For Cutie, Chevelle, A Perfect Circle
Aereogramme hailed from Scotland and prior to their split in 2007, released four very intriguing studio albums. The band was made up of four very talented musicians; Craig B. (Vocals), Iain Cook (Guitar & Programming), Campbell McNeil (Bass) and Martin Scott (Drums). They soon went on to work...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Salve To The Grave (2018)
Crank this to 9.9 of 11
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Genre: Heavy psych rock, Doom
Sounds Like: Windhand, Salems Pot, Electric Wizard
We’ve been hungry for a full length release from Sweden's heavy psych aficionado’s Alastor, and here it is in all it’s doom glory. Slave to the Grave follows on the heels of their two previous EP’s Black Magic and Blood on Satan’s Claw. Alasto...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Alber Jupiter
We Are Just Floating in Space (2019)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Krautrock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: God is an Astronaut, Oresund Space Collective
Album artist Harry Hadler (The Lights Are On) lured us in on this one. The pensive framework art and distant floating civilian set the backstage for Alber Jupiter’s second release. The two-piece semi-instrumental act hailing from Rennes, France provide a deep pensive array of galactic tunes bu...
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Alfie Ryner
Brain Surgery (2015)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Progressive jazz, Math Rock
Sounds Like: Glueleg, Oxbow, Tuatara
Freeform progressive jazz and rock coupled with elements of math rock? Who could pass this up? Brain Surgery, the latest offering from the French quintet is all of this and more. The band from Toulouse, France move in so many directions we can’t keep track of all the genres being thro...
Monday, September 2, 2019
All Is Violent
Cartographers Of Human Purpose (2019)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Pelican, Russian Circles
Don’t let the band name deceive you here. All is Violent have a majestic, relaxing and cathartic sound to them. The post-rock trio from Melbourne Australia have put forth a very impressive debut EP entitled Cartographers Of Human Purpose. The trio possess the maturity and patience of ...
Friday, December 20, 2013
All Them Witches
Lightning At The Door (2013)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Psychedelic rock, Blues, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: The Black Keys, Wolf People, Radio Moscow
Looking for another album to add to your top albums of 2013 list? Look no further than Lightning At The Door by All Them Witches. The band from Nashville, Tennessee has brought forth an album consisting of eight tracks that embody thoughtful blues riffs, psychedelic jams with dark undertone...
Monday, July 20, 2015
Alive (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Indie, Post-Hardcore
Sounds Like: Brand New, Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus, Manchester Orchestra
After a fair amount of deliberation and consultation amongst the team at Rotation11 we have decided to move forward with granting 'Editor's Pick' status to Aloke's latest album Alive.  The controversy at hand is the fact that we have an issue with one song on the terrific LP.  Let...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Infinite (2014)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Atmospheric metal, Post metal
Sounds Like: Cult of Luna, The Ocean, Kylesa
The album cover alone should be enough to entice you to Amniac’s debut album Infinite. It has a Cult of Luna meets The Ocean style of artwork that is very detailed and captivating. The music compliments the art as well, making for an overall exhilarating and engaging experience. Amnia...
Monday, August 28, 2017
Among The Sleep
Casket (2017)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock, Post rock
Sounds Like: Animals As Leaders, Ozric Tentacles
2017 has been somewhat of a lackluster year for strong instrumental albums. Our yearning to find the next Mother Engine (see our review scoring 10 out of 11) has been falling a bit flat. Our sentiments perked up a ...
Monday, January 1, 2018
El Gran Altar (2017)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Sleep, Electric Wizard, 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...
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ancient Sky
Mosaic (2015)
Crank this to 10 of 11
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Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Ethereal Riffian, Mondo Drag, Window Pane
Lead singer Brian Markham could have one of the most hypnotic voices we have heard in a long time. The desperation and passion in his voice elevate Mosaic to one of the strongest albums to come our way in a long time. The tone of Markham's voice accompanied by brilliant echo penetrates your...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Animal Friend
Trails (2015)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Post-Hardcore
Sounds Like: The Hope Conspiracy, Strife
It can be extremely difficult to find some unusual bands in the saturated world of hardcore. Many acts today sound too similar to one another, therefore watering down a genre that we have always loved. However, when we find a fresh band that captures our attention, we jump all over it. Welcome Anima...
Monday, December 11, 2017
Annie Crooners
Moon Sugar (2017)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
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Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Local H, Sugartooth
We gave this album a rotation because the great Conrad Kealy from And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead fame completed the artwork. Just a passing rotation as we were curious as to a potential connection. Well about five rotations later we're knee-deep in the authentic emotion delivered by T...
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Under the Regolith (2018)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: A Forest of Stars, Leeched
Steady as she goes, the foursome hailing from Minneapolis Minnesota preach a fucking steady formula of crisp brooding metal. Unwavering in their focused format, Kirkwold and Skilldum deliver an impressive chemistry of harmonic fretwork. The band’s sophomore release moves in a positive directio...
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Ape Machine
Mangled By The Machine (2012)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Hard rock
Sounds Like: Styx, Collision, Wolfmother
Portland Oregon continues to crank out talented artists. Perhaps its the bacon sprinkled doughnuts that inspire, or the high number of small city blocks downtown, or the fact that its got a dormant volcano in the city limits built on a lava field, or even the pit stop at the worlds largest independe...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Ape Vermin
Sonic Monolith (2018)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
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Genre: Sludge, Doom
Sounds Like: Conan, Weedeater, High on Fire
The clarity and production on this album is second to none. Crisp as the morning frost on the tips of fresh cut grass. The bellowing sludge that is Ape Vermin has an eye towards a very clean churning sound. The impact and depth at which Brett Lee’s crass yet crystal clear vocals hits will take...
Monday, March 27, 2017
Apollo Suns
Each Day A Different Sun (2017)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Jazz, Instrumental
Sounds Like: Santana, Tuatara, Soft Machine
Apollo Suns are the latest instrumental psychedelic rock band to make its way into our rotation. From Winnipeg, Canada, this seven-piece jam band is comprised by a group of extremely talented individuals. Their musical tastes range widely from rock, blues and jazz to soul and even funk. The music on...
Sunday, November 13, 2016
April Sun
Galaxy Travel Sung (2016)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jesus and Mary Chain
Interestingly enough April Sun have released a follow-up EP to their instrumental album entitledGalaxy Travel Guide. What would seem somewhat an ass-backwards move in that the follow-up EP contains vocals, its quite the slick move. Essentially get your fan base to dig the atmospheric space psych roc...
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Arbor Lights
Hatherton Lake (2013)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Cleft, Coldbones, sleepmakeswaves
Where the hell have we been the past 4 years, letting Arbor Lights slip through our radar is a major oversight. The foursome from Birmingham, UK has recently enlightened us with their 2013 debut album Hatheron Lake. Often we find instrumental Post-rock bands can sound very similar to one an...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Coming Out of the Fog (2013)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Blackfoot, Bad Company, Foghat
If you are fans of classic Bad Company and are looking for a similar inspirational feel but want more fuzzed out grooved guitar work, give Arbouretum a shot. This four-piece band hailing from Baltimore provide a classic folk rock feel blended with lyrics covering topics such as isolation and pain. L...
Friday, June 17, 2016
Archaic Decapitator
Light of a Different Sun (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: Insomnium, Hypocrisy, Behemoth
The Death metal genre is so hit or miss with us, so when we come across a band that shows promise, we jump all over it. Welcome Connecticut’s five-piece death metal band Archiac Decapitator and their second EP Light of a Different Sun. These guys do not sound like they are from Connec...
Monday, December 14, 2015
Given To Emptiness (2015)
Crank this to 10 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Grandloom, Colour Haze, Ethereal Riffian
Not only is Arenna's new album deserving of an editor's pick amongst the elite bands flying under the radar on our site, but it has also opened us up to one absolutely amazing album artist in Khoa Le. Across the board excellence in sound and vision! Fruits from our extensive hunting and digging. Are...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Arsis Thesis
Pangea (2019)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
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Genre: Sludge, Doom, Metal
Sounds Like: The Jesus Lizard, Red Fang, Bosnian Rainbows
You know you have something special when you have difficulty pinning down the heavy genre. The two-piece band (brothers) from Texas play with an eccentric and potent level of passion melding sludge, math, space and progressive rock into a deep rich fried basket of fuzz. Pangea, their l...
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Astari Nite
Stereo Waltz (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: New Wave, Alternative, Dark Wave
Sounds Like: Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy, The Cure
The New wave genre can be hit or miss for us, and to be honest we don’t give it enough love. We seem to have been gravitating towards Astari Nite, a New-wave band from Florida. This four-piece consists of Mychael Ghost (lead vocals), Illia Tulloch (Drums), Michael Setton (Guitar), and M. Sallo...
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Without New Growth Process is Bloodshed (2018)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
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Genre: Progressive rock, Stoner rock, Hard rock
Sounds Like: Floater, Tool, Mastodon
Astrakhan’s fifth release (second full-length after following three EPs) is their strongest to date. The four-piece band hailing from Vancouver British Columbia have hit their stride and simultaneously ceased operations. Yes… you heard that right, following the 2018 release Astrakhan ha...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Astral Mass
ST (2017)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Orange Goblin, Clutch, Crowbar
We be suckahs for great space album art and tremendous galactic song titles. Astral Mass’ self-titled debut is a brooding mouthful of testosterone and abrasive vocals. The trio, hailing from Indianapolis, unleash their debut which will resonate for fans of Clutch and Crowbar. The album blends ...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Atlantic Thrills
Vices (2015)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Garage rock
Sounds Like: The King Kahn & BBQ Show, Black Lips, The Oh Sees
Atlantic Thrills from Providence, Rhode Island has released a stimulating 37 minute sophomore album filled with a blend of lo-fi garage and surf rock. Vices picks up where the debut album left off, however there seems to be a more layered sound here without giving up their signature gritty ...
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Atomic Mold
Hybrid Slow Flood (2018)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
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Genre: Stonerrock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Kyuss, Glowsun, Sons of Otis
With the plethora of heavy fuzz albums popping up all over the place and sounding eerily similar, we have been in search of something a bit different. The hypnotic fuzz from Italy’s Atomic Mold is exactly what we have been in search of. Hybrid Slow Flood, the bands’ third releas...
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Both Lights (2012)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive, Alternative
Sounds Like: Bonobo, Animal Collective
Oregon-based Au is a two-man outfit consisting of pianist Luke Wyland and percussionist Dana Valatka along with various collaborators bringing us their fourth album, Both Lights. This release tends to leap around between up-tempo, progressive rhythms to somber, quite compositions, as it can...
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Aunt Cynthias Cabin
Misty Woman (2020)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
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Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: King Buffalo, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Salems Pot
Classy and crafty psychedelia is what San Diego natives Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin delivers on their latest release Misty Woman. The trio’s third release is their best to date and is a calming cavernous ride thru fuzz-filled melodies. The album features some wonderful soft echo and fe...
Friday, January 9, 2015
The New Earth (2011)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
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Genre: Neo-classical folk, Ambient
Sounds Like: Opus Nigram, sToa, Rising Shadows
Carline Van Roos is an amazing under the radar talent having worked on a variety of projects from the funeral doom band of Remembrance to the atmospheric metal band in Lethian Dreams. While her angelic and beautiful voice may be her strongest attribute, she also plays guitar, keyboards, and percussi...