Wednesday, June 25, 2014
C.A. Quintet
Trip Thru Hell (1969)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Chocolate Watch Band, The Blues Magoos
C.A. Quintet, from Minneapolis, USA were an odd psychedelic band from the late 60’s and their only album, Trip Thru Hell could be one of the most distinctive, obscure LP's from this time. It was released in 1969, through Candy Floss Record label with no recognition at all. It was know...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Failed Convict (2009)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Sludge
Sounds Like: The Melvins, Chevelle, Torche
Cable's The Failed Convict, can be considered a concept album about an escaped convict named Jim; who heads to the West Coast in hopes of freedom. There are many different styles to their sound that come together here,  from a sludge crawl at times to a dirty blues, creating the mood f...
Monday, August 22, 2016
Cambrian Explosion
The Sun (2013)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Tame Impala, Hookworms
Nestled in the Northwest music scene mecca of Portland, Oregon Cambrian Explosion burst with classic psychedelia with their 2013 debut The Sun. With a shit ton of competition in the area Cambrian certainly establishes themselves with the core psychedelic make-up through and through. But did...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Camel Driver
ST (2014)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Math Rock
Sounds Like: Biblical Proof of UFO’s, Spickle, Don Caballero
When Math rock and Stoner rock collide it can be very involved and technical, especially when played at a high level. Camel Driver from Kiel, Germany have released a damn fine album that accomplishes this. From the impressive catalog of Pink Tank Records, this release running at 38 minutes will grab...
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Camel Driver and MOEWN
Rites of Passage and Aestus split (2016)
Crank this to 9.6 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock, Post rock, Math Rock
Sounds Like: Biblical Proof of UFO’s, Don Caballero, Russian Circles
If you’ve been yearning for some top of the line instrumental rock with boatloads of psychedelic, stoner rock and post rock themes, than prepare to be blown away by this split release. If you’re a fan of the stoner rock scene, you may already know what lies within the walls of Pink Tank ...
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Candy Claws
Ceres and Calypso in the Deep Time (2013)
Turn this to 4 of 11
Genre: Dream pop
Sounds Like: Widowspeak, Ducktails
Candy Claws is a trio based out Colorado, USA and their music can be summed up as 60’s era dream pop with 90’s shoegaze influences. We know, it sounds a bit strange, but there is really no other way to describe them. Their third release, Ceres and Calypso in the Deep Forever is ...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Captives of the Void
Hypnos (2017)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Joe Satriani, Karma To Burn, Atomic Bitchwax
The latest album from the UK duo Captives of the Void really takes us on an instrumental journey through various form of rock and metal. Hypnos, the bands second release has this unique blend of progressive rock fused with a slight stoner blues, making for one hell of an entertaining album....
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Miss Universe (2016)
Crank this to 10.2 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Roachpowder, Sugartooth
There are many elements that make up a quality stoner rock album. What are some of the key ingredients that we look for? A rich and powerful undercurrent of bass and rhythmic sludge fretwork are essentials. Couple that with some fresh euphoric vocals that resonate and you are on the right track. Car...
Monday, December 2, 2013
City of Refuge (2008)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic folk
Sounds Like: The Black Angels, Bob Geldof
City of Refuge is the seventh and second to last album put out by experimental project leader Raymond Raposa. The band name Castanets comes from a percussion instrument made of concave shells that are held in hand and used to produce clicking sounds. Ironically, the album contains little or no percu...
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Changes (1972)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Psychedelic rock, Jazz
Sounds Like: King Crimson, Gong, Portishead
Abounding psych rock laced with haunting jazz melodies. This album is insanely original and flew way the fuck under the radar for some unknown reason.  Catapilla were a British band from the early 70's who had a vision that even they could not grasp at the time. They released only two albums an...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Black Water (2016)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Royal Blood, Wolfmother
Hailing from Porto Alegre, Brazil (just about 18 hours from Rio De Janeiro where this year’s Summer Olympics will be played) we welcome Cattarse to our list of bands flying under the radar. The three piece band delivers nine solid hard rock tracks that work well in its entirety.Black Water is ...
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Sea Sick (2016)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Surf rock, Garage rock
Sounds Like: The Mermen, Speedball Baby
Cawama has a certain style and level of class that shines after several rotations. The band’s consistency and well thought out song structure becomes very apparent and soothing once you roll up your sleeves and really get into this one. The backbone of Cawama’s sound is found in the unde...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Creations (2017)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock, Post rock
Sounds Like: MOEWN, My Sleeping Karma, Torche
Take the beauty of My Sleeping Karma, throw in some heavy fuzz and a bit of sludge and you have the recipe for one mighty terrific album. The latest release by U.K.’s Cegvera is just this. The instrumental trio has enlightened us with five moody tracks of dense majestic heaviness. Compared to ...
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Celestial Wolves
Illusive Landscape of Expression (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Post rock, Post metal
Sounds Like: Red Sparrowes, God is an Astronaut, Callisto
Fans of Post-rock and metal, it’s time to rejoice, we have a new player in town, Belgium’s very own Celestial Wolves. This five-piece instrumental band has delivered a very inspiring sophomore release with Illusive Landscape of Expression. They have also previously put out two o...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chance's End
Down The Doors (2012)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Electronica, Hip Hop
Sounds Like: Lindsey Stirling, sToa, Escala
Chance's End has a very distinctive trip-hop style, blending folk, soul, jazz, and electronica into their third and most impressive album to date. The San Francisco based band refreshed their sound in 2010 with the addition of lead singer Emily Zisman. Emily has a rich background in folk music and j...
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Charger (2018)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Metal
Sounds Like: Motorhead, Red Fang, War Cloud
Metalheads rejoice, for you are about to be blessed with some killer tunes. Charger from Oakland, California have just released a fuckin' sweet three track EP of swift heavy metal with tons of groove and attitude. The vocals of Matt Freeman sound like a mix of a psychedelic Lemmy crossed with Red Fa...
Monday, October 21, 2013
One Wing (2012)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Every Time I Die, Norma Jean
The Chariot have been the great Norma Jean spinoff band for many years: a great little brother to the ultra talented big brother, Norma.  We’ve always appreciated The Chariot here at Rotation11, but sometimes the chaos would become sonic noise overload at times and overwhelming before you...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Charles Caldwell
Remember Me (2007)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Blues
Sounds Like: Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, Muddy Waters
Mississippi native Charles Caldwells’ style of blues can be summed up in a few words: raw, gritty, stripped-down and heartfelt. He began writing as a teenager and played local shows from time to time down throughout the Mississippi region. His music was never recorded until a local record labe...
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Chef Menteur
III (2015)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
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Genre: Space rock
Sounds Like: Vibravoid, Oresund Space Collective
On our endeavors to seek out new and unusual space rock, we have to travel to New Orleans, LA where a four-piece band known as Chef Menteur resides. We haven’t the foggiest idea why they don’t have more of an underground following since their blend of instrumental space and psyche rock i...
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Childern Of The Wave
Carapace (2008)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Ambient, Experimental
Sounds Like: , Sigur Ros
Children of the Wave, hailing from Melbourne Australia, are an experimental ambient band that engages some very unusual territories of sound. The duo of noise artist Mark Rayner and folk artist Dan Flynn present a unique blend of ethereal spacial concepts. Their debut album, Carapace is fil...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Usalkt (2014)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Post rock
Sounds Like: mewithoutyou, Death Cab For Cutie, Bo Bud Greene
Choirs are an Indie/alternative rock band from Bakersfield, California that formed in 2010. The band has been very busy, releasing three albums in five years. Usalkt, their third release is a comforting and distinct blend of Indie rock with strong elements of post-rock. What is interesting ...
Monday, April 21, 2014
Chromatic Black
ST (2010)
Turn this to 2 of 11
Genre: Punk, Rock
Sounds Like: New York Dolls, NOFX, Blink 182
The album cover provides zero in the way of a punk gritty vibe, yet the tracks are dosed with testosterone filled angst when you spin Chromatic Black's debut album. Chromatic Black hailing from Munich, Germany apparently combine live art canvas painting with their live shows. We will give them a not...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
City of the Dead
Bloodlines (2018)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Progressive, Post punk
Sounds Like: Wildlights, At The Drive In
Strong fucking debut from the Cleveland Ohio threesome. Bloodlines flows without any clots as the band’s chemistry and intelligent song structure dominate after the first rotation. Successive rotations further engulfed us into a aggressive landscape highlighting the trio’s penchant for c...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Code Lisa
White Whales (2019)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Metal, Progressive
Sounds Like: Converge, Every Time I Die
Looking for a punchy in your face hardcore EP at a ‘name your price’ on BandCamp? Take a gander at the debut entitled White Whale from the Montreal Canadian crew, Code:Lisa. The EP features some interesting contrast along with laser quick fretwork. The 15 minute diddy of an...
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Distance (2014)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: If These Trees Could Talk, Explosions in the Sky, Caspian
As instrumental Post-rock continues to expand, we come across some very talented musicianship. Coldbones is a trio hailing from Brighton, UK and we had the pleasure to discover their debut EP entitled Distance. What ISIS perfected inclusive of vocals has morphed into a wide variety of off-s...
Friday, January 29, 2016
ST (2016)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Doors, The Black Angels, Puppy Bubble
Colora is a four piece band hailing from Baltimore Maryland. The self-titled album is their first full-length work since releasing two EPs back in 2013. The album has a very classic 60s feel with mono-truistic production splashing in various elements of surf-rock. Dark monotone vocals dominate and a...
Friday, November 30, 2012
Colour Haze
All (2008)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Bloodwyn Pig, Kyuss
The masters of gentle fuzz, weeping and melodic guitar work ... feeding immensely off of Kyuss' mellow tunes to create one of the tightest desert jam bands that truly love what they do and continue to produce. Yes they are not true originals, but man have they mastered the sound that embodies des...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Coma Wall
Wood and Wire (2013)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Doom folk
Sounds Like: Earth, Acid King, Windhand
Since this is a split EP, we are focusing our energy on Coma Wall, but in order to get there we must give a brief history of how the band came to form. Undersmile is a doom sludge band formed in 2009 out of Oxford, England and have released an EP, A Sea of Dead Snakes and their debut album ...
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Out Of The Coma (2012)
Turn this to 2 of 11
Genre: Progressive, Folk
Sounds Like: Henry Cow, Mellow Candle
This could very well be one of the worst female and male vocal performances we have ever heard on one album. What is interesting is that the musical accompaniment is actually above average as it could be a good instrumental album. Medieval acoustic folk blended with the occasional flute, sax, and ta...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Confusion Master
Awaken (2018)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
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Genre: Doom
Sounds Like: Electric Wizard, Electric Wizard, Sleep
Confusion Master hailing from Germany have resurrected the lo-fi, 70s cult-worshipping doom that we have been craving since the days of Electric Wizards’ 1997 masterpiece, Come My Fanatics… Released through Japan label Bonten Records, these four cosmic dwellers have quietl...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Impetus of Death (2018)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: Vorum, Amorphis, Oranssi Pazuzu
In Death metal, we tend to lean towards albums that explore and take us beyond the genre’s traditional sound. That’s where Finnish Death metal quintet Corpsessed comes into play. Impetus of Death, the band’s second release will beat the living shit out of you with an unfor...
Friday, May 18, 2018
Cosmic Fall
In Search of Outer Space (2018)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
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Genre: Heavy psych rock, Stoner rock, Psychedelic
Sounds Like: 3rd Ear Experience, Earthless, Samsara Blues Experiment
Third full length album in three years, these guys could be the busiest instrumental psych rock band today. With the release of First Fall (2016), Kick Out The Jams (2017) and now In Search of Outer Space, we have a beautiful array of mind-expanding rich tunes to get lost ...
Monday, May 15, 2017
Cosmic Fall
Kick Out The Jams (2017)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
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Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Earthless, Samsara Blues Experiment, 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...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Cosmic Fall
First Fall (2016)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic
Sounds Like: Clutch, Earthless, Samsara Blues Experiment
Cosmic Fall from Germany has impressed the shit out of us with their debut release First Fall. The combination of smooth flowing instrumental psyche rock and trippy blues makes this one a must have. If you love the psychedelic exploration of bands like Earthless, the bluesy jamming side of ...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Cosmic Trip Machine
Golden Horus Name (2013)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Moccasin, On Trial, Deep Purple
The dual minds of Will Z and Majnun making up Cosmic Trip Machine (CTM) have put forth a heady diverse album. Hailing from Belgium, C.T.M. tell stories of reincarnation, vampires, depression and mystical curses. The two musicians show their music talents through their use of multiple instruments. Wi...
Friday, October 3, 2014
To The Estimated Size Of The Universe (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Atmospheric metal, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: A Storm of Light, Torche, Mars Red Sky
We are starting to find some terrific obscure music emerging from the Mediterranean these days, Tuber and One Leg Mary to name a couple. Now from Thessaloniki, Greece, we welcome newcomers CRAANG. Their debut, To the Estimated Size of the Universe is a psychedelic, heavy hitting bombshell o...
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Creature With The Atom Brain
The Birds Fly Low (2012)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: QOTSA, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Belgium’s Creature with the Atom Brain offers a unique, fresh blend of psychedelic rock on their third release, The Birds Fly Low. There are hints of stoner rock, reggae, jazz and alternative influences scattered throughout this album. They are certainly not afraid to mix it up and ex...
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Dux Mea Lux (2015)
Turn this to 3.9 of 11
Genre: Metal, Hard rock
Sounds Like: Alice Cooper, Last Crack, Dokken
Apparently known for their bizarre live sets and masked pagan rituals, Cretus, hailing from parts unknown, have released their first EP. While it is difficult to find a lot of information about the band, their website is chock-full of slick and high-end production.
Track one "Price of Immort...
Saturday, April 11, 2015
ST (2015)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Black Metal, Psychedelic drone
Sounds Like: Venom, Girl 27, Agalloch
Lead singer Jay Gambit's vocals can be best described as a chained victim yelping twenty feet below a dark well. His  energy and focus is angled upwards as he screams towards the light. Chilling hollow echoes and suppressed cries emanate to provide the listener with a very disturbing but truly ...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Crown Lands
Mantra (2016)
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...
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Locket (2017)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic indie rock
Sounds Like: Beach House, Warpaint, Melody’s Echo Chamber
New York based Crumb throw a much needed fresh twist into the lagging indie rock genre with their second release Locket. Now this isn’t your typical indie rock album, we’re not even sure it belongs in this genre, but we need something to guide our audience. This 4 song EP is loa...
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Crypt Trip
Mabon Songs (2016)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Brujas Del Sol, Graveyard, Deep Purple
Crypt Trip from Texas has dropped a very impressive EP upon us. These three songs are loaded with delicious 70s inspired heavy blues rock that jam. Coming off their 2014 strong debut Self-Titled album, Crypt Trip has taken their music to another level on Mabon Songs, even though it’s ...
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Recursions (2013)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Post metal
Sounds Like: Intronaut, The Ocean, Converge
Call it post metal, progressive death, extreme math rock, bands within these genres tend to sound very similar, so it’s great to hear one step out of the formula and make some noise. We travel across the hectic Long Island Expressway of Long Island, NY to welcome Cryptodira. It’s refresh...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Destination Exile (2017)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Industrial
Sounds Like: Lagwagon, Mastodon, 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...