Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Pale Dian
Narrow Birth (2016)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Dream pop, Shoegaze
Sounds Like: Slowdive, Pale Saints, Cocteau Twins
If you’re a fan of Dream pop and shoegaze, than Pale Dian may be that new band you’ve been seeking out. From Austin, Texas, the trio has released a mesmerizing debut in Narrow Birth. Pale Dian are a band we find to be intriguing, their music is a moody combination of dream pop a...
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Hidden Sun (2019)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock, Psychedelic
Sounds Like: Leaf Hound, Graveyard, Kadavar
Blues soaked retro fueled fuzz is what Paralyzed throw down on their debut release Hidden Sun. The German-based foursome do a nice job of balancing modern psych rock with 70s inspired psychedelic rock. The production has a raw live studio quality with little or no polishing needed, the musi...
Friday, January 2, 2015
ST (2014)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Black Mountain, The Wellwater Conspiracy, Tame Impala
Dutch band PAUW have brought back that 60s or early seventies vibe to the present day psychedelic rock world. Their debut EP is an exciting body of work; from the album art to the music… it’s a complete package, even though it’s an EP. Consisting of three band members, Rens Ottink...
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Peggy Sue
Acrobats (2011)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Indie, Folk
Sounds Like: First Aid Kit, PJ Harvey
England-based Peggy Sue has delivered an unusual and interesting album with Acrobats. The arrangements have an eerie feel which include the occasional use of banjos, ukuleles, violins and offbeat percussion. We found this album to be quite engrossing. The harmonies provided by Rosa Slade an...
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Al-Mahruqa (2019)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Floater, Mars Red Sky, Mountainwolf
The debut release from psychedelic trio Pelegrin is a thoughtful and meditative journey through some very majestic landscapes. Originating from France, Pelegrin play a unique style of rock that blends traditional psychedelics, heavy stoner riffs along with elements of space rock and Middle Eastern t...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Pet The Preacher
The Cave and the Sunlight (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Grunge
Sounds Like: My Sister's Machine, Stick, Corrosion of Conformity
The sophomore album from the Danish trio Pet The Preacher (PTP)is a trip back to the heart of the grunge era. A time in the late 80's or early 90's where great bands such as Stick and Mindfunk were really doing some amazing stuff with grinding innovative fretwork. PTP takes this blissful period and ...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Deformation Of Humanity (2019)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal, Death Metal, Avante Gard
Sounds Like: Agalloch, Opeth, Savatage
A cacophony of sound and dark wonder. The symphonic death metal avant-garde veterans return with their expansive latest release entitled Deformation of Humanity. Phlebotomized hails as one of the oldest Death Metal bands from the Netherlands and perhaps pioneers of synth and violin integrat...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Pigeon Toe
The First Perception (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal
Sounds Like: Dream Theatre, Oceansize
Three well balanced guitarists, neutral vocals and a superb drummer offer up an impressive debut for the German natives. The First Perception is a somewhat refreshing album in that there is a myriad of sound and complexity proving more impressive than many of the newer progressive bands to ...
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Pink Cigs
Pink Cigs (2020)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Corrosion of Conformity, Horisont, Blue Cheer
Hailing from Sheffield, UK the Pink Cigs bust out with their debut full length album of 70’s inspired psychedelic heaviness. The foursome throw down ten tracks of heavy groovin’ psych rock. What we love about this album is the bands’ ability to throw in some 90’s metal action...
Monday, September 7, 2015
Planes Mistaken For Stars
Mercy (2015)
Crank this to 8.1 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: , The Casket Lottery
Hailing from Peoria, Illinois, Planes Mistaken for Stars are no rookies to the heavy rock scene. The band has been playing on and off since 1997. While at first listen the vocals may seem a bit caustic as you listen to the album more and more you get the tonality and unique craft of the lead singer ...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Planet of the 8s
ST (2017)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Truckfighters, Queens of the Stoneage, Lo-Pan
The debut release by Australia natives Planet of the 8s is a sweet sounding rock album that is currently flying way under the radar. The trio display tremendous chemistry as they take us on a journey through stoner and straight-up heavy rock. Upon first listen you will hear a heavy Queens of the Sto...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Echo Ono (2012)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Heads, Blue Cheer
Nine songs just over 33 minutes, but filled with great hooks and fuzz filled guitars. This three piece band hailing from Virginia is made up of three brothers that have quite a bit of synergy. The first three tunes are intense and contain inspiring distortion work and vocals that blend in very well....
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Poor Moon
ST (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Folk, Indie
Sounds Like: Soft Swells, Fleet Foxes, Release the Sunbird
If you are not familiar with the works of Fleet Foxes, we highly recommend you delve into their library of terrific albums. Poor Moon is an offshoot side project of theirs led by Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott and has eluded mainstream play and popularity. Poor Moon blends different and darker ha...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Possessed Steel
ST (2014)
Turn this to 3 of 11
Genre: Heavy metal
Sounds Like: , Manowar
Looking for that new dungeon crawling, skull crushing heavy metal band that you can get excited about? Well, so are we. Possessed Steel is a brand new four-piece metal band from Toronto, Canada. They claim to be four metalheads on a journey through high and low in search of the mighty sword. Well, t...
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Potato Hate Explosion
Flower Violence (2017)
Crank this to 7.6 of 11
Genre: Cyber grind metal, Noise rock, Experimental
Sounds Like: Black Dahlia Murder, iwresteledabearonce, Code Orange
Cyber grind metal specialist Potato Hate Explosion is a one man project based in Bowling Green, Missouri. The Cyber grind genre that was possibly coined by Potato Hate Explosion is a modern sub-genre of grind metal. Picture bands like iwrestledabearonce or Black Dahlia Murder with splashes of e...
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Women of the Wand (2018)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Doom, Sludge
Sounds Like: Beastmaker, Church of Misery, Haunted
Straight out of Sydney, Australia welcome three-piece sludge outfit Potion. Their second release is a concoction of filthy doom, sludge and a pinch of black metal thrown in to create this almighty two-song EP Women of the Wand. The bludgeoning riffage is very strong coupled by the sinister,...
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Praise The Sun
E Scriptures from the Summit (2018)
Turn this to 4.2 of 11
Genre: Heavy psych rock, Doom
Sounds Like: Devil's Witches, UFOMAMMUT
An ominous goat on top of a mountain in the winter is enough to lure us in. We had high hopes for Norway’s doomsters Praise the Sun as their latest EP falls a bit flat. To be fair, these three heavy songs could be amazing and trippy as all hell, but the production just brings us down. The firs...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Weird Things (2018)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Doom, Industrial
Sounds Like: Sons of Otis, UFOMAMMUT, Minisrty
Take the most drug-induced psychedelia from Ministry, throw in some UFOMAMMUT doom and the hypnotic sludge of Sons of Otis and you have one fucking heavy tripping album. Weird Things, the latest from Pressor is one mind-trip of an album. Hailing from Russia, Pressor take elements of spacey ...
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Pretty Lightning
The Magic Lane of Light and Rain (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Garage rock
Sounds Like: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, Wooden Shijps
Pretty Lighting from Germany have been steadily rising in our rotation over the past year and their latest offering The Magic Lane of Light and Rain just solidifies this even more. The follow up from 2012’s There Are Witches in the Woods continues Christian Berghoff and Sebas...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Pretty Lightning
There Are Witches in the Woods (2012)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Garage rock
Sounds Like: The Black Keys, The Black Angels
Yes... we love originality at Rotation11 and bands that look to push the envelope in sound tend to score higher on the Rotation dial. That being said, we also appreciate well done flattery and further enhancing a genre. Some may say that the Pretty Lightning sound a hell of a lot like The Black Keys...
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Beachcombers (2011)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock, Psychedelic folk
Sounds Like: Fleet Foxes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Shins
The combination of Psychedelic folk and rock can be stimulating and comforting, especially when a band is able to take their time and write well-structured songs. Priestbird’s 2011 album Beachcombers, produced by Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard is evident of this as all nine songs are...
Monday, November 13, 2017
Progenie Terrestre Pura
oltreLuna (2017)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post metal, Atmospheric metal
Sounds Like: Oranssi Pazuzu, Cult of Luna, Alcest
The Post-metal genre is loaded with an abundance of artists trying to expand the realms of this style of music. While many seem to have the same formula with the typical death-like vocals and the full-bodied metal sound, we look for bands who truly branch out and explore, it’s what keeps the g...
Monday, October 5, 2015
Project Armageddon
Cosmic Oblivion (2015)
Turn this to 3.6 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Doom
Sounds Like: The Gates of Slumber, Pale Divine
The first eight minute opening track entitled "Cosmic Crush" starts off with some very positive energy. Not groundbreaking but we are optimistic with the intriguing stoner melodies that unfold throughout the instrumental.  The positive energy is quickly deflated once the vocals commence on "Vor...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
No Beer In Heaven (2014)
Turn this to 2.5 of 11
Genre: Folk Rock
Sounds Like: Battlelore, Arkona, Weird Al Yankovic
We have been previewing a variety of obscure folk metal bands over the last several years in hopes of finding a hidden gem. Well let us tell you it has been a long struggle and continues to be one. Welcome Protokult and their latest release No Beer in Heaven. The five piece Canadian band in...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
ST (2013)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Jazz, Prog-rock
Sounds Like: King Crimson, Hawkwind, Tuatara
Looking for some psychedelic rock with tons of improvisation and jazz qualities? Well, we were too until Psicomagia came along. Pronounced (seek-oh-mah-hee-yah), this six-piece band from San Diego, California released a very colorful Self-Titled album in 2013. Think what the psychedelic side of Hawk...
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
High Visceral Part 1 (2017)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Stone Roses, Dot Legacy
The debut album from Australian based Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (PPC) somehow infuses progressive rock precision while maintaining a euphoric psychedelic feel. This is the essence of what makes High Visceral Part 1 a very unique journey. The foursome have put forth an impressive debut that ...
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Psychic Lemon
Frequency Rhythm Distortion (2018)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Krautrock, Psychedelic
Sounds Like: The Heads, Hawkwind, Earthless
Is it possible we could be witnessing the rebirth of Krautrock? There are many signs of this genre making a huge comeback, not that it ever went anywhere. We just felt stoner rock and doom have stolen the spotlight from the heavy underground. Just check out the new Mother Engine album Hangar, or
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Psychic Lemon
Live at the Smokehouse (2019)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Space rock
Sounds Like: Earthless, The Heads, Hawkwind
The latest by UK’s Psychic Lemon is a real mind trip and will test your love for psychedelic space fuzz. Live at the Smokehouse was recorded on August 10, 2018 at the the Smokehouse, Ipswitch and man this performance is all consuming. Six distorted fuzzed-laced entities running at 42 ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Psychic Lemon
ST (2016)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Krautrock
Sounds Like: Causa Sui, The Heads, Amon Duul II
The UK-based Psychic Lemon is made up of  four very gifted musicians who bring forth a trippy amalgamation of psychedelic rock that is fused with bits of krautrock, funk and prog rock. The album bleeds of energetic psychedelic jams with minimal vocals; they may be best described as a heavier si...
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Pure Phase Ensemble 4
Live At Spacefest! (2015)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Shoegaze, Space rock, Dream pop
Sounds Like: Caravan, The Verve, Vibravoid
Pure Phase Ensemble (PPE) is a collective of artists from Poland and abroad created just for the SpaceFest! festival in Gdansk, Poland. Spacefest! is a festival of shoegaze, space-rock and alternative music. Besides the concerts, this festival is a breeding ground for musicians and fans to meet. Als...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
420 (1994)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Hard rock, Grunge, Funk
Sounds Like: Powerman 5000, Glueleg, Suicidal Tendencies
For fans of muffled vocals and the golden age of grunge,  welcome Puzzlefish, a pretty wild ride if you are looking  for a wacky, but heavy and entertaining album. Lead singer Phreddd has a Mike Muir on crack feel with excessive muffled vocals and occasional heavy breathing. Random funk an...
Monday, November 23, 2015
Pyramids With Nadja
ST (2009)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Ambient post-rock
Sounds Like: Jesu, Flaming Lips, Locrian
It's not often we come across ambient dominated albums that can hold our interest. Your collection probably has an ambient hole that Pyramids With Nadja can fill. The one album wonder fuses the Canadian based drone ambient band Nadja with post-rockers Pyramid. The result is a diversified four length...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Green Jinn (2018)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Doom, Sludge
Sounds Like: YOB, Sleep, Bongzilla
Since 2015 the trio from Baku, Azerbaijan have flown well under our radar. Perhaps they fell victim to the ‘weed’ titled band pool that had become so saturated in the last decade and we sluffed them off. Boy were we fucking remiss. Behold Pyraweed and their sensational 38 minutes 3 song ...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Liars Bend Low (2017)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Post metal
Sounds Like: Forming the Void, Mastodon
2017 feels like a year loaded up with debut albums particularly in the post-metal arena. Houston natives Pyreship have unleashed their first work under Black Bow Records entitled The Liars Bend Low. While their FB page indicates slowcore as their prominent genre, we may disagree a bit on th...