Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Lynx (2018)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Immortal, Bathory
We were initially sucked in by the amazing water color album artwork entitled ‘Guldnyckeln’ created in 1915 by John Albert Bauer. Bauer was a Swedish painter and illustrator best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll, an anthology of Swedish folklore and...
Monday, November 25, 2019
Ausgeklingt (2019)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Wolf People, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Earthless
The second full length by German progressive psych trio Nap continue on their journey to deliver some high-end diverse rock. Ausgeklingt follows in the footsteps of 2016’s Villa, which is a tremendous album as well. What draws us into their blend of progressive psych rock is ...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Het Zicht Van De Dood (2008)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal, Pagan black metal
Sounds Like: Falkenbach, Arctic Frost, Blackguard
Indeed, a brilliant name. A palindrome that embodies strength and wisdom. In hebrew, 'Natan' means "to give" and exudes kindness and love. The debut full-length from Belgian born Natan is certainly a diverse one that includes dashes of folk metal, acoustic segments and complex song arrangements. To ...
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Native Daughters
Master Manipulator (2016)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Progressive metal, Post rock
Sounds Like: ISIS, Intronaut, Russian Circles
Fans of progressive metal rejoice, for we are about to embrace the new release from Denver, Colorado’s Native Daughters. Master Manipulator, the bands’ sophomore album, released through Sailor Records is by far no slump, in fact they have expanded upon their heavy instrumental p...
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Anthem of the Apocalypse (2019)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Industrial, Nu Metal
Sounds Like: Pitchshifter, Machines of Loving Grace
The industrial genre rarely floats across our paths these days. Necroromantic, hailing form Richmond, British Columbia have risen from the 90s in conjunction with their “lost tracks” as they are apparently in the mode to slowly release the original 9 track album. The band is however spri...
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Need Her Liver
Nuna (2016)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Days of the New, Mad Season
Man this Diego Giannini has an impressive voice. So infectious that the vocal variety becomes the backbone of what is Ancona Italy’s Need Her Liver. Their sophomore release entitled Nuna is full of texture and energy that will continue to grow on you with each listen. Need Her Liver h...
Friday, November 29, 2019
Believers Hit (2019)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
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Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Unsane, The Jesus Lizard, Drive Like Jehu
Missouri’s own Nerver (formerly the band Celebration) and their first full length album Believer’s Hit is a dandy. Now for some odd reason the band prefers not to make the members names readily available. We give it a few fucking Google attempts and then give up. So from here on...
Friday, December 13, 2013
New Keepers of the Water Towers
Cosmic Child (2013)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Progressive metal, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, Mastodon, Opeth
What a brilliant move, expand your original name New Keepers to New Keepers of the Water Towers. This adds a mystique and almost Armageddon desolate feel to the band. NKOFWT have delivered something very special with their third release, Cosmic Child. It's more than a name change, but a dir...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Night Lights
Here We Come (2014)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Pop, Alternative
Sounds Like: Bear Hands, FUN
Night Lights are a pop, alternative band from Boston, Massachusetts. With members from Mexico, Texas, Japan, California and Norway, we have no idea how they ended up in Boston. Their blend of pop music is fused with some alternative elements that help create some decent hooks and melodies. The album...
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Same (2014)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: God is an Astronaut, Leeched, Massive Attack
Post-rock is such a fascinating genre, as it can motivate you with uplifting, building rhythms or ensue a feeling of sadness with soft eloquent interludes. Every once in a while we stumble upon a band that expands the boundaries of their respective genre. Whether it is good or bad, we need these art...
Friday, May 22, 2015
Nine Treasures
ST (2015)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Mongolian folk metal
Sounds Like: Svartsot, Northland, Metallica
Folk metal is usually known to be tied to bands from regions such as Russia, Finland and Denmark to name a few, but how about from China? Welcome Nine Treasures, a folk metal band from Inner Mongolia of China. All five members are ethnic Mongolian and the lyrics are in Mongolian as well, there isn&r...
Thursday, November 5, 2015
No Teef
Hot Egg (2015)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Math Rock
Sounds Like: Blind Idiot God, Aucan
Give it up to one of the best band names that we have encountered in a long time.  Welcome math rock enthusiasts, No Teef, hailing from Darwen, UK. We are not going to buy into yet another attempt at a new genre in calling this ‘dork rock’. Nope, this is straight shooting math rock ...
Monday, January 27, 2020
Gospel of the Goat (2020)
Crank this to 7.7 of 11
Genre: Acoustic black metal
Sounds Like: Lord Belial, Nocturnal Poisoning
Black metal is such a distinct genre with some of the most loyal fans in metal. It's a thrill when we come across artists who look to expand beyond their genre. Nobody, a one man Finnish black metal artist has released a very calming, yet dark acoustic EP entitled In the Gospel of the Goat....
Friday, February 20, 2015
Noir For Rachel
Potential Side Effects (2015)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Shoegaze, Ambient
Sounds Like: Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai
Noir For Rachel is a shoegaze/ambient project from Russia. We are not sure if this is a one-person project or not as very little is written about them (or him or her). Let us move past the trying to figure this out and concentrate on the music. Noir For Rachel has released several singles and EP&rsq...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
ST (2017)
Turn this to 5.1 of 11
Genre: Hard rock, Grunge
Sounds Like: Baroness, Lo-Pan
The debut release from Netherlands-based foursome Norea is basically a middle of the road heavy rock album with an alluring album cover. What we have here is five tracks of mid-tempo rock with elements of stoner and grunge. We found the album to be rather tame and does not take many chances, every s...
Friday, January 10, 2014
Not To Reason Why
The Book Of Hours (2011)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Post rock, Experimental, Shoegaze
Sounds Like: Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros
Post rock can be exhilarating or exhausting at times, so many bands sound similar, as it can be tough for upcoming acts to stand out and make an impression. We welcome Not To Reason Why, based out of California, this four-piece instrumental post-rock band has certainly caught the attention of our ed...
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Renewing (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Folk, Ambient, Psychedelic folk
Sounds Like: Darkwood, Hexvessel
:novembthree: are a psychedelic folk duo from the deep dark woods of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Comprised of two very talented musicians, Pythagumus and Michael, the collaboration between these two is very unique. Each contribute on all the instruments and vocals to create a mesmerizing, gentle so...
Saturday, April 16, 2016
ST (2016)
Turn this to 1 of 11
Genre: Black Metal, Noise rock, Experimental
Sounds Like: , Late night tv static
We have no clue if NYSS is a one man project or an actual band. What we do know is this album may induce migraines if played at high volumes. The album cover is terrific, the lonesome winter landscape makes for a captivating cover, so naturally we were intrigued. It’s virtually impossible to f...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Nytt Land
Sköpun Songs from Elder Edda (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Neo folk, Nordic ritual folk
Sounds Like: Death in June, Splendor Solis, Sonne Hagal
When it comes to the Neo-folk genre, we are just beginning to scratch the surface as there is so much out there to discover. The catalogue of Eastern European label Sulpher Flowers is the perfect place to begin your search. The folk label specializes in these types of unusual artists; just take a lo...