Sunday, March 16, 2014
Faintest Idea
The Voice of Treason (2012)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Ska, Punk
Sounds Like: Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bostones, Operation Ivy
Political bands are typically not our thing. Something about trying to sell the world on your angst against 'the system' tends to distract us from taking the musicianship seriously. Every now and then, a political act comes around that has raw talent and mood setting capabilities (e.g. Rage Against ...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Falling Stacks
No Wives (2015)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Math Rock, Punk
Sounds Like: Candy Machine, Fugazi, Shellac
#11 ALBUM OF 2015
If a goat chewing on a railing for an album cover isn’t enticing, we’re not sure what is. As you can see, the debut album No Wives from Bristol, UK’s Falling Stacks is just this. We mention the ...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Familiars
This Water That Is Warm (I Will Soon Join) (2017)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: White Hills, The Janitors, 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...
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Farflung
A Wound in Eternity (2008)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Atmospheric rock, Space rock
Sounds Like: Kyuss, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd
If you’re unaware of the California band Farflung, than buckle up for a wild, spaced-out trip. A Wound In Eternity, the bands' 8th release, is a space rock jauggernaut. Let start with track 1 "Unborn Planet", an upbeat, spacious, stoner rock tune that sets the mood for the rest of the...
Friday, January 17, 2014
Farmhouse Killings
Parasites (2013)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: Marduk, Carcass, Soilent Green
Death metal can be relentless and downright tiring after about four minutes. Much of the production that we hear is often done at high decibels with no room to move up and little inclination to bring it down. The vast majority of what we hear coming out these days lacks sincerity and creativity. Tha...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Father Sky Mother Earth
Across the River of Time (2017)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Drone, Doom
Sounds Like: Khanate, Sun O)))
We find the drone genre rather fascinating, what makes people want to hear such repetitive heavy music. To the casual listener drone music seems to go nowhere. Yet, the more patient listener who lets the music wash over them, it can be a thing of beauty. In our experience, we love drone to be played...
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Feersum Ennjin
ST (2011)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Failure, Tool, Year of the Rabbit
Ex Tool bassist Paul D Amour's new (poorly named) band, Feersum Ennjin, released their self-titled debut in late 2011. Their are glimmers of Tool bass lines throughout which gets you fired up, but only to fall flat. The song structures also try to follow the build-up technique of Tool, yet comes up ...
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Fentress
The Mechanics of Angels (2017)
Crank this to 7.3 of 11
Genre: Experimental, Art rock, Dark ambiance
Sounds Like: Helen Money, Children of the Wave
For those who love their music on the experimental side, take a gander at this latest and third release from Fentress. Consisting of two members, Alex Salinas and Janie Cowan, the two from Texas have released a somewhat haunting, ethereal experience in The Mechanics of Angels. The album is ...
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Feuerzeug
Dead Wahines and Tsunamis (2011)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Queens of the Stoneage, Truckfighters, Brain Police
Great album cover indeed, takes us back to the early 2000’s stoner rock scene when a spaced-out half naked woman seemed to grace the cover of every other stoner rock album. This brings us to Feuerzeug’s latest album, 2011’s Dead Wahines & Tsunamis, where the cover art ...
Friday, October 17, 2014
Fever Dog
Second Wind (2014)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Heads, Radio Moscow, Rush
Fever Dog, hailing from the drought stricken deserts of California have released an impressive album with 2014’s Second Wind. It is a melting pot of heavy psych blues, psychedelic jams and classic stoner rock grooves. It’s an album that will take you back to the early 70’s...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Fever The Ghost
Crab In Honey (2014)
Turn this to 6.9 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic pop rock
Sounds Like: The Flaming Lips, Fitz and the Tantrums, Rapture
We were turned on to Fever the Ghost by the artistically wondrous YouTube video of the track "Source." Take a gander at this video, it is well worth your time... imaginative to say the least. The Los Angeles psych pop band released their debut album via an EP which includes 18 minutes of glamorous s...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Fiction Factory
Throw The Warped Wheel Out' (1984)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: 1980's Pop, New Wave
Sounds Like: Thompson Twins, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order
Some of our editors grew up during the 80's new wave heyday and consider themselves 80's aficionados. We have been searching for that 80's band that we were least familiar with relative to their overall body of work. Welcome Fiction Factory hailing from Scotland.  Spanning from 1983 to 1987, th...
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Field Report
ST (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Americana, Folk
Sounds Like: The Wallflowers, David Gray
This album bleeds a blend of The Wallflowers and David Gray. Heavy on the personal experience lyrics that requires several listens to absorb the plot and pull the melodies. We can equate the Field Report experience to that of short novel where multiple unknown characters intertwine into deep rooted ...
Friday, April 18, 2014
Filaments
Land of Lions (2013)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Ska, Punk, Hardcore
Sounds Like: Rancid, Operation Ivy, Dropkick Murphys
We have been noticing a resurrection in the ska/punk genre in the UK recently and The Filaments, a six-piece from Essex are one of the bands paving the way for this resurgence. The Filaments released a couple albums and split EPs between 2002 and 2007 before going on hiatus. They returned in 2013 in...
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Fire Down Below
Viper Vixen Goddess Saint (2016)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Kyuss, Truckfighters, 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...
Monday, February 02, 2015
Fister
Gemini (2013)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
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Genre: Doom, Metal
Sounds Like: Eyehategod, Nihill, Vulgaari
Elongated operatic doomy death metal vocals blended with some pretty intense highs and some dismally dark lows. Sound interesting? Give Fister a preview as they pack a shitload of cool doom in this 46 minute trip. Hailing from St. Louis Missouri the three piece band have put out their second full le...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Flavor Crystals
Three (2012)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Shoegaze
Sounds Like: Rancho Relaxo, The Verve, Black Market Karma
Hailing from Minneapolis Minnesota Flavor Crystals, after a five year hiatus, deliver their third release aptly titled Three. The album features a heavy dose of euphoric meandering taking you on one of the more mellow trips we have come across in a long time. Created from some two years of ...
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Flesh Of The Stars
Anhilla (2016)
Crank this to 9.7 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Doom, Atmospheric rock
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, YOB

The third release from Chicago Illinois natives, Flesh of the Stars, offers up some distinct differences from their previous two releases. Prior releases Hide and Hosanna played thickly in the doom forest. Wallowing in the dark mists of the minimalist doom landscapes. Anhilla, h...

Monday, March 28, 2016
Flicker Rate
ST (2016)
Turn this to 6.8 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Red Sparrowes, Slint, Mono
Spanning just 12 minutes and four songs, we were expecting this one to pack a punch and get to the heart of what is Spencer Bassett's  vision. Spencer, by the way, is a teenage multi instrumentalist having developed this short project under the name Flicker Rate. To be blunt we agree the la...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Floater
Angels in the Flesh... (1996)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Primus, Pink Floyd, Tool
Floater could possibly be one of the most overlooked bands of our time. On their third album, Angels in the Flesh and Devils in the Bone, they steer away a bit from the heaviness of their first two releases and strive for a conceptual, melodic masterpiece. Lead track "Endless I", an  a...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Floating Goat
The Vultures Arrive (2007)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Quicksand, Fu Manchu
There are times when solid (not superb) musicians come together to make a jaw-dropping album. The Vultures Arrive is just that. Floating Goat are a three-piece band that is obscure to the core with minimal press and virtually no fanfare. With mediocre production, a solid bass, guitar and dr...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Flynotes
The Smell Of Space (2016)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Heavy psyche drone, Space rock
Sounds Like: Russian Circles, Dead Meadow, Sons of Otis
Flynotes is a three-piece outfit from St. Petersburg, Russia. Their musicianship is very impressive as they have unleashed a unique combination of instrumental psychedelic and space rock upon the world. The music is very dense and mesmerizing, these five tracks have impressed the hell out of us. It ...
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Fontenelle
Live and Maintain (2016)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: The Album Leaf, Explosions in the Sky
Post-rock instrumentalists Fontenelle are set to release their debut album Live & Maintain to the world. The band from Omaha, Nebraska has given us a well-structured Post-rock album that doesn’t completely sound like every other band in this genre. If you love the exploration of E...
Friday, December 26, 2014
Fooz
Space is Dark It is So Endless (2005)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Space rock
Sounds Like: Graveyard, Hawkwind, Blue Cheer
What a smart formula for an album. Commence with six acoustic tracks, get the listener's ear accustomed to the melodies and mystique, then plug in the amps for most of the remaining ten tracks. While this formula may not have spawned from Fooz's creative mind, it is an impressive album spanning over...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
For The Mathematics
We Impend (2006)
Crank this to 9.7 of 11
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Genre: Math Rock
Sounds Like: The Mars Volta, At The Drive In, These Arms Are Snakes
Where the hell have we been and how the fuck did we miss this one all these years? Ok granted they apparently have a previous full length and we can only find a public group with 3 likes on FaceBook addressing the band, but damn these are six brilliant tracks. Back in the math rock heyday this EP wo...
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Forming the Void
Rift (2018)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Atmospheric doom
Sounds Like: Torche, A Storm of Light, Baroness
The third release from Louisiana natives Forming the Void is one hell of a towering beast of an album. Released through Kozmik Artifactz Records, Rift displays some of this years most expansive doom yet. Crank this mother up and let the majestic riffs fill the room and wash over you. One of...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Freedom Hawk
Into Your Mind (2015)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Metal, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Rainbows Are Free, Sheavy, UFO
Let’s get straight to the point, Freedom Hawk's fourth installment and second release from Small Stone Records Into Your Mind is one hell of a dynamic and entertaining album that packs quite a punch. The trio from Virginia have continued to grow and churn out heavy 70s laden rock with...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
From The Petrified Forest
Neon On The Inside (2015)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Post metal, Progressive
Sounds Like: Animals As Leaders, If These Trees Could Talk, Scale the Summit
As Post-metal continues to thrive, there are always bands that seem to come out of the wood work and impress us. Welcome From The Petrified Forest, a four-piece instrumental progressive rock band from Portland, Oregon. Their music is an inspirational combination of Post-metal and progressive rock. T...
Monday, August 01, 2016
Funeral Horse
Divinity For The Wicked (2017)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Sludge rock
Sounds Like: Godsleep, Greenleaf
Funeral Horse’s sophomore album entitled Divinity For the Wicked moves in a very positive direction from their 2014 debut Sinister Rites of the Master. The hooks and melodies are far more intense on this album. Lead singer Paul Bearer (love dat) has an infectious voice and un...
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Future Elevators
Modern World (2016)
Crank this to 7.4 of 11
Genre: Pop, Indie
Sounds Like: Maroon 5, Broken Bells
Tired of Maroon 5 or disappointed in the new Broken Bells album, well take a gander at  Future Elevators. The quintet from Birmingham, Alabama’s latest effort, Modern World should intrigue fans of the modern pop and indie rock genres. With clean singing, solid musicianship and go...