Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Hala Strana
Fielding (2003)
Turn this to 6.8 of 11
Genre: Folk, Experimental
Sounds Like: , Sir Richard Bishop
Hala Strana is the name used by musician Steven R. Smith, he creates a distinct blend of instrumental folk and experimental music on his 2003 Fielding release. The music on this album is heavily based on traditional sounds derived from vast territories such as Croatia, Hungary, Romania, the...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Handsome Family
Wilderness (2013)
Turn this to 2.5 of 11
Genre: Americana, Folk
Sounds Like: George Strait, Sawyer Brown
Husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks have been putting out albums over the past two decades. Their latest release introduces a semi-concept album where each song is named after an animal. In addition, the album mentions historic figures throughout. While we like the idea, this turns out to b...
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Harmon Den
Deepcold (2017)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Post rock, Ambient post-rock
Sounds Like: Legendary Skies, Shipwrecks, Ephemeral
Are you looking for a very mellow post-rock album that will impress you sonically and test the lower depths of your speakers? Well we recommend you take deepcold along with you if you are in the market to purchase speakers. It will certainly weed out the weak speakers in a way many albums w...
Monday, November 17, 2014
Harsh Toke
Light Up And Live (2013)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Earthless, The Mystic Krewe of Clearlight, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound
Jam bands and stoner rock have been crossing paths for many years now. One of the most influential fusion bands that bridged the gap for us started back in 1996 with the great Mystick Krewe of Clearlight. They infused dark undertones with hippie laced jams. Its good to see that the genre still holds...
Friday, May 25, 2018
Hashteroid
ST (2018)
Crank this to 9.6 of 11
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Genre: Space metal
Sounds Like: Fu Manchu, Saviours, War Cloud
We are starting to see a comeback of the thrash metal scene as many stoner rock acts are diving headfirst in to this style. It’s stimulating and inspiring when these two genres collide. Hashteroid from Vancouver, British Columbia have unleashed a refreshing brand of stoner thrash upon us with ...
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Have Hold
Calm Your Blood (2014)
Turn this to 2 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Brand New, Local H
This new band from Melbourne, Australia is labeled as punk, well to our surprise, they are anything but punk. It’s more middle-of-the-road alternative rock than anything else. This EP contains only five songs and we must say that the music on this album is good; perhaps it’s what kept it...
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Havukruunu
Havulinnan (2015)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Immortal, Entombed
From Finland welcome the Death metal duo Havukruunu and their album Havulinnan. This album really took us by surprise, we figured it would be the typical Pagan death metal album with power drumming, vocal screeches and insane rhythmic guitars. While the album does provide these elements, th...
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Helen Money
Arriving Angels (2013)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Cello, Doom
Sounds Like: Sun O))), Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Ides of Gemini
Once in a while we come across a musician who just impresses the hell out of us as they are totally devoted to their art.  Think Mike Patton, Frank Zappa, or Diamanda Galas. Are they geniuses in their craft, many think so. Their music is so out there that people either love them or just not int...
Monday, December 01, 2014
Herder
Gods (2014)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
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Genre: Doom, Sludge, Hardcore
Sounds Like: Soilent Green, Eyehategod
The Dutch quintet Herder have something very special in their second full-length release Gods. Doom metal and hardcore fans will find immediate gratification out of this very diverse and intelligent album. Gods is the bands first full length album following up their solid EP entitl...
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Here Lies Man
ST (2017)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Afro rock
Sounds Like: Death From Above 1979, The White Stripes, Pontiak
Afro rock? What the hell is this genre all about you may ask? We wondered the same thing; it seems to be a melting pot of various forms of rock with extremely infectious tribal rhythms. We hear everything under the sun on this album, ranging from math rock, upbeat psychedelics to tribal jazz and eve...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Heretic's Fork
ST (2003)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Doom, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Type-O-Negative, Melvins, Mad Season
Heretic's Fork was somewhat short-lived, but put out two very solid albums. Hailing from Rhode Island and New York, they commenced in 2001 developing a unique doom stoner rock feel. Their debut, self-titled album was released in 2003 and contains six substantial tunes. To provide you some substance ...
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hesus Attor
Pardon (2013)
Crank this to 7.3 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Experimental
Sounds Like: Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, System of a Down
We have no doubt Hesus Attor have been heavily influenced by Mike Patton and System Of A Down, especially on their latter albums when they introduced vocals. The band from Rijeka, Croatia has released six albums to date. Their first two, Monade i dišpeti​.​.​. Trials & Tribulations (2003)...
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Heterotic
Love and Devotion (2013)
Turn this to 3.5 of 11
Genre: Dream pop, Electronica
Sounds Like: Beach House, Stereophonics, Lush
Synthetic to the nth degree is what Heterotic is offering us in their debut album Love & Devotion. The album was made with Logic software via phone app technology. Love and Devotion is infested with high twinged keyboards and abstract bass work that falls woefully flat. The fir...
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Hijo de la Tormenta
El Manto De La Especie (2016)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic stoner rock
Sounds Like: Yawning Sons, Los Natas, Brujas Del Sol
After having their debut self-titled album in heavy rotation for quite some time and just realizing their new album was released this past Friday via BandCamp, we decided to shift gears and do a weekend binge on what is Hijo de la Tormenta. The trio hailing from Argentina have released a v...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Hillstomp
Darker The Night (2010)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Bluegrass, Southern rock
Sounds Like: , Reverend Peyton
Hillstomp is a pleasant surprise; this two-piece band throws down some mean banjo plucking and bucket tapping here on their latest cd. It’s southern folk rock with traditional roots in bluegrass and is very up-tempo. With a raw blues sound, the scattered muffled vocals of Henry Kammerer and Jo...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Hillward
Flies In Amber Stones (2015)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Ty Tabor, Porcupine Tree, Blackfield
A trio from Canada playing progressive rock and metal melodic passages? Very intriguing, we could not be more optimistic putting this one into heavy rotation. The three members who include David Lizotte (vocals,guitars), Jean-François Boudreault (Bass), and Antoine Guertin (drums) started off...
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Holy Mount
The Drought (2017)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Psychedelic, Sludge rock
Sounds Like: Dead Meadow, Hookworms
Wow, what a way to kick off the New Year. These fuckers can play some deep authentic psychedelic spacial rock. Credit to Jesse DeNobrega the album artist who lured us in to preview this one with his amazingly vibrant and unique cover. Hailing from Toronto Canada, the four piece band have released th...
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Honkeyfinger
Invocation of the Demon Other (2008)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Blues, Experimental
Sounds Like: John Lee Hooker, Butthole Surfers
Vocal distortion is a great way to mask poor pipes.  However, there is a distant place in our hearts reflecting back on the days of Alice in Chains Facelift that tends to shift us in favor of its use. The one man band, Honkeyfinger, has delivered an entertaining blues album with distor...
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Hookworms
Pearl Mystic (2013)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Tame Impala, The Black Angels
Hookworms full length debut is a loaded with echo induced vocals and euphoric drug laced imagery. The five piece band hailing from the UK feature lead singer MJ who does not waiver in using the echo effect 100% of the time. MJs vocals are magnetic and a key ingredient to the album's beauty. The ...
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Hot Nerds
Strategically Placed Banana (2015)
Turn this to 2.9 of 11
Genre: Noise rock, Avante Gard
Sounds Like: Melt Banana, Arab on the Radar, Harry Pussy
Hot Nerds is a a brand new trio introducing their hot off the press new LP Strategically Placed Banana. Yes the album cover says it all. The band is fueled off of chaotic synthesizers and a shitload of synthetic programmed drums. While the genre is typically not for the sober, we did try ha...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Howling Giant
Black Whole Space Wizard Pt. 1 (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Red Fang, The Sword
Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee this is not your pop country bullshit you’ll find on CMT. What we have here is an impressive EP full of space traveling stoner rock. The trio that is Howling Giant have great chemistry and it shows right from the get-go with "Mothership". If you’re a fan...
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Hugo Race and the True Spirit
False Idols (2015)
Crank this to 7.7 of 11
Genre: Blues, Rock
Sounds Like: Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground, The Black Swans
Former member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds has joined forces with wandering Australian native instrumentalists. Hugo Race and the True Spirit, have created a new invigorating EP entitled False Idols. Hugo hails from Melbourne and is a talented multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and s...
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Humanotone
ST (2017)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Church of Misery, Astronoid, Alcest
One man band? Red flags go off in our head. Will the music sound forced or lack texture? Will it bore us after a few rotations? Hell no! Jorge Cisternasia is one talented motherfucker. His vision is one that speaks to us balancing the heavy with the majestic. The self-titled debut from the Chilean m...
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Huna
ST (2017)
Turn this to 5.8 of 11
Genre: Hard rock, Math Rock
Sounds Like: Spickle, Queens of the Stoneage, Don Caballero
Huna from Warsaw, Poland are a 3-piece instrumental outfit that throw down a blend of hard rock with elements of math and stoner rock. Think QOTSA meets Spickle or Don Caballero. Sounds great on paper, but we feel this one gets lost in the shuffle by the overwhelming amount of instrumental bands out...
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Husky
The Sea King (2008)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Pelican, Explosions in the Sky
North Carolina’s Huskys' second effort, The Sea King, is a three piece instrumental album like no other! While many instrumental bands in the stoner rock genre today are very similar, this album is a relief. It’s stripped down sound is hypnotic and expansive. Loosely based on th...