Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Magadan
Still Life (2015)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Flotsam and Jetsam, The Tea Party, Spock's Beard
Ironic indeed... the obscure wanting to be more obscure while leaving little if no trail of information so as to force a mystical aura yet advertise the mystique to try and drum up an interest to increase their popularity in a roundabout way. Ok... Confusing we know. After scouring the internet in a...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Malachai
The Ugly Side of Love (2009)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Cream, Badfinger, Kaleidoscope
Intentional record player static coupled with artistically inclined poor production reverberate throughout this psychedelic album. Malachai, a two-piece band from England, have put together 13 low-budget deep tracks that surprisingly shine. Lead singer Gee’s vocals are quite original and becom...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Mangoo
Neverland (2012)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Hidden Hand, Scorpions, Nebula
Tough to take a band named Mangoo seriously, yet our editors forged forward and gave this one many a listen. Surprisingly, we were able to complete our due diligence  with the Finnish band’s second album. After the intro, we are led in with the self titled track, "Neverland", featuring br...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Marijannah
Till Marijannah (2018)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy rock, Doom, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Kylesa, Torche, High on Fire
Prepare to be floored by the debut release from Singapore’s very own Marijannah. The four-piece have dropped a triumphant album that consists of monumental stoner rock and doom. The band consists of members from Singapore’s heavy acts of Wormrot and The Caulfield Cult, so we knew this wa...
Friday, November 08, 2013
Mars Red Sky
ST (2011)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Dead Meadow, Colour Haze, Sleep
Stoner rock, one of our favorite genres that continues to spawn hundreds of bands throughout the world, requires a certain chemistry. Over the years there have been a boat load of crappy knock-off bands characterized by messy guitar work and god awful vocals. Every now and then, however, a gem finds...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Maserati
VII (2012)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Progressive, Rock
Sounds Like: Kraftwerk, Red Sparrowes
Maserati, from Georgia, started as a post - math rock instrumental band, all the while exploring new musical territories along the way. Their first album 37:29:24 was released in 2001; it’s filled heavy and engaging rhythms with tight math rock like musicianship. The next couple of re...
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Matushka
II (2014)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Instrumental, Psychedelic stoner rock
Sounds Like: Elder, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, The Myrrors
Psychedelic rock comes in so many forms, whether it’s 60s acid inspired or todays stoner influenced rock, there always seems to be a band that comes along and changes the rules. Matushka, from Saint-Petersburg, Russia play a distinctive blend acid-tinged psychedelic rock with bits of math rock...
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Meet The Wolf
Ourselves (2016)
Turn this to 5.1 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Black Stone Cherry, Days of the New, Alter Bridge
Yes, another album cover that drew us in. So, we gave this one the required few rotations. The debut EP from Italy’s Meet The Wolf is a culmination of the bands listed above, they sound like a melting pot of many popular hard rock acts from the 90s to modern day. We’ll give a quick break...
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Midnight Ghost Train
Buffalo (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Dozer, Wo Fat, Karma To Burn
While we do have a boatload of obscure stoner rock in rotation and our editors have lived and breathed the genre, you will note the site is not dominated with the genre. So it does require some ingredient (good or bad) to strike our fancy to get a review on board. The Midnight Ghost Train have achie...
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Milkbar
ST (2016)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Maroon 5, Young the Giant, Eyes On The Shore
Have you ever tasted the milk in the Netherlands? It is phenomenal and light years better than the milk harvested in the United States. While impressed with the milk, chocolate, croquettes, and smoked eels that Holland has been delivering for many years, we have also been impressed with their emergi...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Mimas
Lifejackets (2010)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Indie
Sounds Like: Modest Mouse, Pavement, We Were Promised Jetpacks
Originating from Denmark, this quartet known as Mimas have released two albums and an ep to date. Their second full length, Lifejackets, is quirky and catchy like many indie bands today. However we see them take a step back a bit from their previous release The Worries, as this alb...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Minden
Exotic Cakes (2012)
Turn this to 3.5 of 11
Genre: Indie, Pop
Sounds Like: Of Montreal, Flaming Lips, Ween
Eccentric pop rock with a boat load of high tones (and twinkles) along with a 70's subtle under-current. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Minden's, first full-length album is a painful listen. The incessant high-pitched flamboyant vocals of Casey Burge grind away at the listener and unfortunately over...
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Mindfunk
Dropped (1993)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Grunge
Sounds Like: Sugartooth, Kyuss, Soundgarden
Sophomore jinx? Try sophomore masterpiece. The best second album from a band we have ever heard. MINDFUNK revamped their glam rock sound from their 1991 self titled album into one of the best stoner rock albums ever made. Dropped infuses trippy tribal atmospheric lyrics with crisp masterful...
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Minus Green
ST (2015)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Monkey 3, My Sleeping Karma
Austria has been churning out some terrific bands lately as it seems to be a breeding ground for the next wave of stoner psyche rock bands. From the city of Vienna, welcome newcomers Minus Green and their debut Self-Titled album. If you fancy bands like My Sleeping Karma or Monkey 3 than th...
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Miracle Mongers
Dumb Monsters (2017)
Turn this to 5.9 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Lord Fowl, Lo-Pan, Mangoo
We were excited for a moment as we stumbled upon California-based The Miracle Mongers. Our interest peaked as we found out the drummer is Ruben Romano from Nebula and old Fu Manchu fame. What we have here are seven tracks that slightly veer towards the stoner side of rock. We found this album to be ...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Miss Lava
Sonic Debris (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Chrome Locust, Nebula
2016 is turning out to be a great year for discovering bands flying under the radar. We seem to say this every year mid-way through, but it’s the truth. As we plow through our abundant amount of material we got hooked on Miss Lava. The band from Portuguese has released a killer follow-up album...
Monday, October 19, 2015
MOEWN
Acqua Alta (2015)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post rock, Oceanic rock
Sounds Like: Russian Circles, Caspian, The Ocean
The whole Post-rock genre is flooded with very talented instrumental bands, some go by the way side, others strike gold, and either way the genre has never sounded finer. Now we have the sub-genre of Post-rock titled Oceanic rock which blends ambient soundscapes with post and progressive rock. Welco...
Monday, January 26, 2015
Mondo Drag
ST (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Kadavar, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep
What do you get when you cross late sixties sounding psychedelic rock with modern day psych rock? The answer is Mondo Drag. This band from Oakland, California’s has released a heavy, bluesy psychedelic rock album that is sure to make waves here in 2015. They seem to carry a sound that is remin...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Mono
For My Parents (2012)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Red Sparrowes, Explosions in the Sky
The sixth album from the Japanese instrumental post rock ensemble, Mono is filled with melancholy dirges and weeping guitars. Mono, while not very well known in the states have developed a small following by the power, emotion and intensity of their orchestral live shows. Similar to other post rock ...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Monster Truck
The Brown EP (2011)
Turn this to 4 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock, Southern rock
Sounds Like: Clutch, Pantera
Nothing groundbreaking here, just your run of the mill heavy southern rock band. We were introduced to this Monster Truck as they opened up for Clutch. They were actually pretty good live with high energy and a good sound. We kept thinking they have a heavy southern rock sound with a taste for class...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Moon Coven
Amanita Kingdom (2014)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Waning Moon, Wooden Shijps
The debut EP from the Swedish psych and stoner rock five-piece band Moon Coven is a pleasant surprise. Loaded with guitar layers (3), echo effect and terrific supporting bass.  This genre has seen a plethora of acts particularly from this area and Moon Coven appears to have something a bit more...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Moon Curse
ST (2014)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Doom
Sounds Like: Black Sabbath, Elder, Black Pyramid
Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and has plenty to offer as it’s the home of The Brewers, Bucks and the classic fine line of Miller brews. Now we have emerging from this fine city is Moon Curse, a three-piece stoner rock/doom band. Comprised of Matt (vocals and guitar), ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Moonlight Bride
Twin Lakes (2012)
Turn this to 5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain
This four-piece band out of Chattanooga, Tennessee have crafted an interesting alternative album that leaves us a bit frustrated. Twin Lakes, released in 2012 is not a terrible album; it just lags from time to time. The music is soft and airy, combining elements of alternative rock and easy...
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Mother Engine
Absturz (2015)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Kyuss, Colour Haze, Karma To Burn
We have been itching to put out a review for Mother Engine's debut album Muttermaschine (released in early 2014) which we are big fans of, but held off after catching wind that their 2015 follow-up was due out this month just about a year later than their debut. Hot off the press and only a...
Friday, November 10, 2017
Mother Engine
Hangar (2017)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock, Krautrock
Sounds Like: Kyuss, Colour Haze, Elder
The latest installment inside the innovative world of Mother Engine continues with their third album entitled Hangar. The three-piece from Germany had floored us with their first two releases, Muttermascine and Absturtz, displaying some of the finest instrumental stoner ro...
Thursday, September 18, 2014
MotherMadness
Monsferri Caveman (2011)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Alabama Thunderpussy, Brain Police, Orange Goblin
Little is known about the band MotherMadness, but what we do know is that they are a four-piece outfit that spews out heavy rock in vein of bands like Brain Police or Alabama Thunderpussy. They have made great strides from their debut EP to their second one, Monsferri Cavemen. There are onl...
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Motor Sister
Ride (2015)
Turn this to 3.6 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Harem Scarem, Giant, Badlands
Looking for an album where a high percentage of the songs end with a culmination drum and guitar avalanche coupled with your uncontrolled urge to say "yowzer"? Or perhaps some key cliche, proverb or catch phrases like "Beg Borrow Steel" or "Fork in the Road"? Or how about your standard 90's.... let'...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Mount Eerie
Clear Moon (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Ambient, Indie, Folk
Sounds Like: Bon Iver, Sigur Ros
Creator Phil Elverum, an up and coming modern day Trent Reznor in the ambient folk world, puts together a great work collaborating with various artists. This is a tough album to review in that it is difficult to put into words the moods evoked by Mount Eerie on Clear Moon. If you like Sigur...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Mountain Dust
Nine Years (2016)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Blues, Rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Witchcraft, Graveyard
Quebec natives Mountain Dust meld powerful vocals and a shit ton of energy on their latest album entitled Nine Years. Having released a demo EP and a  two-song ditty back in 2013/2014, July 15th 2016 marks the release of their first full length. Mountain Dust do a nice job paying homag...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Mountain Mirrors
Dreadnought (2008)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Acoustic rock, Progressive
Sounds Like: Opeth, Days of the New
We were very intrigued going into this review. A local band from the "woods" of Massachusetts described as "heavy acoustic" layered with atmospheric progressive rock. We have seen them mentioned in conjunction with Opeth and other bands with a dark edge. We were optimistic that MM might have a refre...
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Mountainside
Solitary Poor Nasty Brutish and Short (2013)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Metal, Stoner rock, Sludge
Sounds Like: Saviours, Iron Monkey, Metallica
Wow, talk about a band that throws everything at you, Mountainside does just this. The band from Lithuania believe it or not started back in the late nineties and has released only three albums, Distorted (2003), All About Time (2007) and Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, And Short (2013). We haven't ...
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Mountainwolf
Absinthe Moon (2017)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Progressive rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Kyuss, Tool, Colour Haze
There’s something very intriguing about this album... the trippy SpongeBob-like album cover. While this peaked our interest we have done the screening for you and are here to tell you this is one fucking solid album. What eventually unfolds is a dark and engrossing complex majestic journey thr...
Sunday, September 13, 2015
My Drunken Haze
ST (2015)
Turn this to 6.2 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Living Kills, Quilt, Holy Wave
As we weed through thousands of obscure titles and releases, we tend to gravitate towards album covers and band names that may be offering up something different and unique. This one could have gone the heavy raunchy route or even the space rock euphoria route given the cover and band name. Instead ...
Sunday, February 22, 2015
My Expansive Awareness
My Expansive Awareness (2015)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleepy Sun
In 2014 we were introduced to My Expansive Awareness who hails from Zaragoza, Spain. We were very impressed with their debut EP, Uroboros as it has become a mainstay album for us. The EP is full of vibrant and spacious psychedelic rock, it had us eager to see what they could deliver on thei...
Sunday, March 09, 2014
My Expansive Awareness
Uroboros (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Shoegaze
Sounds Like: Sleepy Sun, Swervedriver
A hidden gem usually refers to a treasure, prize, jewel, or pearl that is rare. Follow us as we travel to Zaragoza, Spain to find My Expansive Awareness (MEA). The five member ensemble is considered to be a mix of Neopsychedelic rock and Space rock. Their music is very expansive (no pun intended), a...
Friday, January 03, 2014
My Own Private Alaska
Amen (2010)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Experimental, Piano-core, Screamo
Sounds Like: At The Drive In, La Dispute
Piano-core? As this may not really be a genre, it’s what some may call the style of music from My Own Private Alaska (MOPA). This non-traditional hardcore three-piece ensemble from France features a setup of vocals, piano and drums, nothing more. Having the absence of the guitars and bass actu...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
My Sleeping Karma
Soma (2012)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: ISIS, Explosions in the Sky, Pelican
Get ready to be blown away by My Sleeping Karma's fourth album, Soma, a triumphant instrumental gem that will be a great addition to your collection. It feels fresh and has great production quality; every instrument is poignant and well-arranged providing a multi-layered crisp, clean sound....
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Myraid Drone
ST (2016)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post rock, Atmospheric metal
Sounds Like: Russian Circles, God is an Astronaut, Red Sparrowes
Myraid Drone from Melbourne, Australia are not your traditional instrumental Post-rock band. Yes, they have all the elements needed for this style of rock, yet they have found a way to break the mold and stand out among their peers. That’s what we look for here at Rotation11, bands who can tak...