Sunday, March 15, 2015
Sabertooth Zombie
Human Performance IV (2015)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Punk, Hard southern stoner rock
Sounds Like: Motorhead, Pissed Jeans, Baroness
Hailing from Santa Rosa, California, Sabertooth Zombie deliver a very gritty and southern stoner experimental EP with their 2015 release Human Performance IV. The straining vocals invoke a true sense of despair throughout the four tracks. The  gloom and depravity work well over time. T...
Friday, August 31, 2018
Saint Karloff
All Heed the Black God (2018)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy psych rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Kadavar, Salems Pot, Black Sabbath
As metal and rock fans, we all know Norway is the home to some of the worlds most talented heavy metal bands. Over the past few years we have noticed a blooming stoner rock scene here as there are plenty of hidden gems to be uncovered. It’s no surprise that Saint Karloff hails from this region...
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Untamed Beast (2013)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Rock, Blues
Sounds Like: The Alabama Shakes, Fiona Apple, Amy Whinehouse
Portland based Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside's sophomore album Untamed Beast has some very raw and interesting ingredients. Uncooked with no preservatives (or harmonies) and quite powerful are the vocals of Ms. Ford. Her conservative physical appearance certainly contradict her strong p...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Saltillo
Ganglion (2006)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Trip Hop , Electronica
Sounds Like: Thievery Corporation, Chemical Brothers
One mind, one musician and one hell of a talent. Menton Mathews, has put forth an album that takes you through a whirlwind electronica ride. Ganglion weaves poignant use of the violin and cello throughout along with a central modern sly trip-hop sound. He uses feature film samplings, guest ...
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Salvia Plath
The Bardo Story (2013)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: 60's Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Beatles, The Wellwater Conspiracy, 13th Floor Elevators
The debut album from Salvia Plath, crafted by the drug-laced efficienado Michael Collins whose former creation Run DMT featured more ambient drug messages than a crack house in Chicago. The Bardo Story features a variety of musicians blending 60's psychedelia with acoustic guitars, keyboard...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Sandrider
ST (2011)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Alternative metal
Sounds Like: Akimbo, The Jesus Lizard, Kylesa
Sandrider is one of those bands that really melds a ton of influences into a single cohesive, yet chaotic metal stew that makes them difficult to nail down. Every time we listen to them, we think, “Who the hell do these guys sound like?” Sometimes they bleed Fugazi or Jesus Lizard all ov...
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Saol
Bloath (2017)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy rock, Rock
Sounds Like: Tweak Bird, Indian Handcrafts
As we continue to explore the heavy we often find ourselves landing in Australia, it seems to be a booming scene for independent artists. Saol, the latest act to hit our rotation from you guessed it, Australia is a two-piece band that is currently flying way under the radar. Saol hits all the right ...
Friday, October 27, 2017
Saturn's Husk
Maree Noire (2017)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Post doom
Sounds Like: Om, YOB, ISIS
Maree  Noire is a 33 minute nautical journey spiraling through doom and Post-rock brought to you by The Latvian trio Saturn's Husk. The band's sophomore album paints a very dark picture of how intimidating and expansive the ocean can be. The album does an excellent job building off con...
Sunday, August 24, 2014
SautruS
Reed Chapter One (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Gas Giant, Gammera, Spirit Caravan
Heavy, spacious and trippy are just a few words that capture the style of stoner rock that SautruS brings to the table. This band from Poland consists of five members; Weno Winter (vocals), Michał Nowak (guitar), Tomek Bushmansky (bass), Piotr 'Ochota' Ochociński (drums) and Ragnar (visuals/manageme...
Monday, November 09, 2015
Savanah
Deep Shades (2015)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Goatsnake, Elder, Arc of Ascent
If Glen Danzig could have intercourse with Pete Stahl of Goatsnake fame (and men could have babies) their first born would sound like the lead singer of Savanah. Formed in 2014, the Austrian threesome stick to a steady and inspiring formula. A formula of majestic stoner fuzz rock where grinding ...
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Saviours
Crucifire (2006)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Metal, Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Down, Crowbar
The first album from California based Saviours is just pure heavy groove. Clocking in at 33 minutes, it’s the perfect length, the songs are fairly short and fast. The guitars steal the show on this album. Constantly going from a sludgy thrash to harmonized rhythmic leads with the bass and drum...
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Scud Mountain Boys
Do You Love the Sun (2013)
Turn this to 2.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative country, Folk
Sounds Like: Son Volt, Jayhawks
Apparently its been 17 years since the Scud Mountain Boys last folk album. Hailing from Northampton, Massachusetts, SMB have returned with a very depressing piece of work, predominantly all recorded in the same tempo. Giving this one our requisite five listens was folking painful! We will keep this ...
Saturday, April 18, 2015
SEA
Demo (2015)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Sludge, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Crowbar, Melvins, Snail
From the depths of the Charles River welcome newcomers SEA. The four-piece from Boston, Massachusetts have just released their first three song demo. Take the sludge elements of Melvins, the rawness of Crowbar and some stoner rock components from Snail and you have SEA. This demo actually has decent...
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sea of Flame
Ballast (2018)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Alabama Thunderpussy, Orange Goblin, Disturbed
Sea of Flame hailing from Denver, Colorado throw down some homegrown hard rockin tunes on their latest release Ballast. The foursome let loose five tracks of bluesy rock on this album, think of a lite version of Orange Goblin or Alabama Thunderpussy. Vocalist Miles Skoog resembles a bluesy ...
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Sea Pinks
Dreaming Tracks (2014)
Turn this to 5.9 of 11
Genre: Indie
Sounds Like: Crystal Stilts, Black Lips, The Shins
Sea Pinks from Belfast have released four albums to date and their latest album, Dreaming Tracks is mixed bag of Indie rock. On one hand it can be catchy and inviting and on the other it seems rather bland. The band consists of Neil Brogan, Davey Agnew and Steven Henry and together they hav...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Secret Meeting
Ultrashiver (2007)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Electronica, Shoegaze, Pop
Sounds Like: Morcheeba, Hooverphonic, Lunascape
Two relatively obscure bands, Curve and Collide join forces for a side project suitably titled The Secret Meeting. Ultrashiver is a relaxing trip featuring mellow female vocals much akin to that of Hooverphonic’s Geika Amaert. This is a nice album to throw on as you get set for bed or...
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Sendelica
Live From The 7TH Psychedelic Network Festival 2014 (2015)
Crank this to 9.9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Space rock, Psychedelic
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, Can, Oresund Space Collective
Looking for an outstanding live album full of psychedelic richness and otherworldly space rock? Look no further than Sendelica’s latest release, Live From The 7TH Psychedelic Network Festival 2014. The band from Wales, UK began their journey in 2006 and has released seventeen albums a...
Friday, September 05, 2014
Seven Mile Journey
Notes for the Synthesis (2011)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post rock, Instrumental
Sounds Like: Explosions in the Sky, Teeth of the Sea, The Pirate Ship Quintet
The Seven Mile Journey (TSMJ), a four piece band hailing from Denmark, have put together a sonically beautiful piece of work for their third full-length, Notes for the Synthesis. The album spans close to 60 minutes in length and is a hauntingly beautiful and their best to date. This is the ...
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Shades
Splitting The Light (2016)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Neo folk, Acoustic
Sounds Like: Michael Hedges, Erudite Stoner
When it comes to dark instrumental folk albums, there is a tremendous amount of artists out there when you start to dig around. To our delight we have been introduced to Shades from Portugal. The duo has released a dark, yet comforting debut album in Splitting The Light. If you like peacefu...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Shadow Shadow Shade
ST (2010)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Indie, Rock
Sounds Like: Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Shadow Shadow Shade (SSS) is a seven member band hailing from Los Angeles, California. Their debut album is filled with texture and variety, providing the listener with a myriad of different harmonies and unique choir infused verses. The first track "Is This a Tempest in the Shape of a Bell?" featur...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
She Keeps Bees
Dig On (2011)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Indie
Sounds Like: The Black Keys, PJ Harvey
She Keeps Bees is a two-piece band comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Jessica Larrabee and drummer Andy LaPlant. There is some nice musicianship found on Dig On, it has a lo-fi, bluesy feeling with strong, yet laid back vocals. On "Found You Out", we start to hear the unusual, contagi...
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Shit The Cow
The One With The Devil (2016)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Scrapyard rock, Garage rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Steel Pole Bathtub, Queens of the Stoneage, Bad Religion
What the fuck is Scrapyard rock and why the hell have we not heard of it before? After countless listens to Shit The Cow, we have determined this style is a subgenre of garage rock with a tad bit of punk attitude and grit thrown in. It’s definitely a genre we can get on board with. To better e...
Monday, June 12, 2017
ShitKid
Fish (2017)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Indie, Pop punk
Sounds Like: PJ Harvey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
ShitKid is blunt and un-filtered indie-rockabilly-pop-punk like nothing you have heard. The album cover paints pictures of 50s simplicity which actually permeates through the lo-fi production. Swedish brainchild, Åsa Söderqvist, bottles this stripped down aura and infuses insane originali...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Shogun
Infinitet (2018)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: The Sword, Elder, Les Lekin
Welcome Shogun hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and their latest riff soaked album Infinitet. Containing four lengthy tracks of cosmic heaviness, the foursome really tap into the spacious stoner theme with infectious jamming and hazy vocals. We absolutely love how each song runs into one a...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Show Me A Dinosaur
ST (2016)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post rock, Black Metal
Sounds Like: Fen, Alcest
Our first question is who did the artwork on this album? That individual needs to be thanked as it drove us to putting this one in heavy rotation. Show Me a Dinosaur hail from Saint Petersburg Russia and their sophomore self-titled release is a mighty impressive one. Impressive primarily for its abi...
Monday, December 26, 2016
Side Saddle
Stunner (2016)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: The Shins, Band of Horses
Haling from Queens, NY we welcome Side Saddle and their second full-length entitled Stunner. Having previewed their earlier releases, the full-length entitled The Astorian and their two EPs The Postcard and Young Professional, the band is certainly looking to find...
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sigh
In Somniphobia (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Venom, Goatwhore
Black metal is probably one of the most controversial genres of our time. As an extreme off-branching of heavy metal, it features insane tempos, ominous vocals and distorted guitars. The genre has spawned a variety of sub-genres, some preaching hate, others beauty and still others pushing new elemen...
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Silence The Sky
Ancient (2014)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Post metal, Hardcore
Sounds Like: Herder, Inhale Exhale, Narrows
Hailing from Norway, a region that spawns huge metal acts, welcome Silence The Sky. The band took form in 2009 and released their first EP Citadel in 2010. After some changes to the line-up, they released their anticipated album Ancient in 2014 through the impressive catalog of Negative Vib...
Monday, December 12, 2016
Silent Island
Equator (2016)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Explosions in the Sky, Arbor Lights
We have not reviewed many bands from Hungary, so it's nice to see some activity coming out of that region. Some very positive activity we must say. The debut EP from Silent Island contains five poignant tracks that personify the beautiful water color artwork delivered via the album cover. In typical...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Six Sigma
Tuxedo Brown (2017)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: The Atomic Bitchwax, Core, Halfway to Gone
For those of you who follow the stoner rock community, you landed on this page because you’re thinking; “New Six Sigma?!” and yes after 17 years in hibernation, the three gents from the shores of New Jersey have finally released this sleeping giant. We’ve always had a love fo...
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Skin Yard
Inside the Eye (1993)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Grunge, Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Deftones, Alice in Chains
Skin Yard has always been a favorite around for here. Inside the Eye, they’re fifth and final album could be their heaviest and most stable. There is a big Gruntruck sound on this one. Ben’s style of singing is so unique; no one will ever come close to replicating their sound. J...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sky Architect
A Billion Years of Solitude (2013)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Porcupine Tree, Dream Theatre, King Crimson
Sky Architect is a five piece band hailing from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Their third release, A Billion Years of Solitude, is a well crafted complex progressive record. The first track, "The Curious One" is an 18-minute opener where the band throws in everything but the kitchen sink. The tra...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Slabdragger
Regress (2011)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Sludge, Stoner rock, Doom
Sounds Like: High on Fire, Sleep, Electric Wizard
This album is the complete package for sludge fans that want something a bit different. What Regress contains that many other sludge metal bands do not are two distinct features. The first being dynamic vocals that we can only describe as demonic and evil. They also throw in some pretty chi...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Sleepy Sun
Fever (2010)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Dead Meadow, Band of Horses, The Black Angels
California’s Sleepy Suns' second release is an impressive display of psychedelic, folk rock. It’s full of soothing acoustics, blues and heavy rock. The dual vocals of Bret Constantino and Rachel Fannan provide for some great harmonies, taking the album to another level. The first track "...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Unentitled (2011)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Gothabily, Folk
Sounds Like: The Cramps, Hank III
We love variety at Rotation11. SCAC fills a very small niche in the rockabilly or more specifically, gothabilly genre. Gothabilly is a sub-genre of rockabilly some thought to have been pioneered by the Cramps in the late 1970's. The music features a mix of dark folk, somber lyrics, but often up-temp...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Sloth King
The Monolith (2015)
Turn this to 4 of 11
Genre: Doom, Sludge
Sounds Like: Bongripper, Cough, Asbestos Death
With a name like Sloth King this can only be one type of music… heavy, drudgery styled doom sludge. The band from Chicago, Illinois are all about creating an aura of melodic doom metal and nose to the grind sludge. To be honest we really wanted to get into this one, however the production dur...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Smoulder
The Sword Woman (2018)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Doom, Metal
Sounds Like: Solitude Aeturnus, Devil Electric, Windhand
The combination of doom and power metal is a force to be reckoned with. Smoulder, hailing from Toronto have conquered the challenge of fusing pure 80s doom and power metal with a hint of modern day heaviness into this three song EP. Vocalist Sarah Ann really took us by surprise and is the highlight ...
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Snail
Feral (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Alice in Chains, Weedpecker, Truckfighters
If you're unfamiliar with Snail, here's a brief introduction. Hailing from Seattle, Washington Snail formed in 1992 and released their first Self-Titled album in 1993. Back then, way before Rotation11, a couple of our writers had jumped on the Snail train, this album had a great blend of gr...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Snailking
Storm (2014)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Doom, Sludge
Sounds Like: UFOMAMMUT, YOB, ISIS
Having named their band after a terrific Ufomammut album Snailking we were intrigued right off the bat. The Swedish based trio welcome their first full-length album entitled Storm in follow-up to their three song gem Samsara. The album is well titled as the ambient element...
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Soads
ST (2017)
Turn this to 1.7 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: , Limp Bizkit
It seems to be very difficult to find any information on the band Soads. What we do know is they hail from Canada and have an intriguing album cover. We took a gamble on this solely from the cover, you just never know what little gems are out there. Sorry folks this one didn’t sit well with us...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Solar Corona
Outerspace (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Space rock, Stoner rock, Progressive rock
Sounds Like: My Sleeping Karma, 35007
In scientific terms, the solar corona is the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere, which consists of plasma. The sun's corona has a temperature of about 3.6 million °F (2 million °C) and a very low density. We found this to be an interesting backdrop for a band that excels at painting va...
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Solkyri
Sad Boys Club (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Pyramids with Nadja, We Own The Sky, Explosions in the Sky
There is no question we are big fans of Post-rock. We spend quite a bit of time weeding through the crap as there are new bands popping up left and right in this genre. Thanks to our due diligence and vetting process we do come across some really solid post rock bands that stand above the rest. Well...
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Solstafir
Svartir Sandar (2012)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Alternative rock, Progressive, Sludge
Sounds Like: Neurosis, ISIS, Pink Floyd
Think a stricken Roger Waters standing 4 feet back from the microphone and chirping in some exotic language with atmospheric swirling guitar-work and droning dark bass undertones. This Icelandic band has a mood driven unique feel and gets our writers fired up, as this obscure find is what this websi...
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Solstice Coil
Commute (2015)
Turn this to 3.8 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Dream Theatre, Porcupine Tree, Queensryche
Having formed in 2001, Solstice Coil are veterans to the progressive rock scene. Their latest album Commute dances between progressive rock and progressive metal flowing with heavy riffs to spacious synthesizer licks and symphonic guitars. The five piece band hails from Israel and are a pas...
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Somali Yacht Club
The Sun (2014)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Post rock
Sounds Like: Causa Sui, My Sleeping Karma, ISIS
Somali Yacht Club, sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Well to our surprise there is not much written about this band. They are a three-piece based out of Lviv, Ukraine who formed in 2010. They released an EP, Sadsongs in 2011 and a single Desert Walls is 2013, reminding us of a cr...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Something Involving A Monkey
Dive Into the Great Blue Waffle (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Swing-core, Hardcore
Sounds Like: Mordred, Scatterbrain, Faxed Head
Chaotic comedic angles weave there way through Something Involving a Monkey's (hereafter SIAM) sophomore album Dive Into the Great Blue Waffle.  After overcoming some very difficult times through the passing of their drummer Todd Ankrom on December 30, 2011 from an apparent heart attac...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Sons of Kemet
Burn (2013)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Avant jazz, Jazz
Sounds Like: Sun Ra, Tuatara
Two drummers, a tuba and a saxophone along with a clarinet are apparently all that is needed to create the jazz sounds of London-based Sons of Kemet. On their debut album Burn, they bring forth a unique blend of traditional and modern jazz with elements of African music that is embedded wit...
Monday, May 12, 2014
SONSON
A Shine Below the Mound (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Modern Krautrock, Post rock, Math Rock
Sounds Like: Don Caballero, Grails, 3 Mile Pilot
#6 ALBUM OF 2014
From Gothenburg, Sweden we would  like to introduce SONSON and their first full length, A Shine Below the Mound, released on the German label, Kapitan Records (Captain Records). This quartet plays an interesting and entertaining 40 minutes of wh...
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Southern Train Gypsy
Hallelujah in the Fire (2011)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Mudweiser, Clutch, Crowbar
When the vocals are this pronounced it is difficult to get away with poor lyrics. Lyrics that really cause you to pause and scratch your head... "did he just say that?" Southern Train Gypsy's debut album is, believe it or not, a concept album that entails songs revolving around 'the gunslinger' bein...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Space Mushroom Fuzz
Tannens Henchman (2014)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Space rock
Sounds Like: Hawkwind, Farflung, Pink Floyd
Space Mushroom Fuzz are the prime example of what our site represents… discovering bands flying under the radar. From Boston, Massachusetts Space Mushroom Fuzz have 28 cosmic releases under their belt since their inception in 2012. Ranging from EP’s, singles, compilations, live albums a...
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Space Victim
Psychotropic Mind Murder (2012)
Turn this to 2.2 of 11
Genre: Drone
Sounds Like: Mono, Sun O)))
Psychedelic drone music when structured well and creative can be remarkable and take your mind to other worldly spaces. As we are always on the search for groundbreaking bands within this genre we come across some that make us stop and pause for a moment. Space Victim, a two-piece band drew us in wi...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Speedball Baby
Cinama (1996)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Rockabilly
Sounds Like: The Boxmasters, South Filthy, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Rockabilly loaded with gospel influences and a myriad of heavy guitar and swing. Welcome Speedball Baby hailing from New York City. Picture that vintage microphone with a switch to turn on the excess muffled vocals and distortion. In the mid to late 90s Speedball Baby helped advance the rockabilly s...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Spindrift
Spindrift-Ghost of the West (2013)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Western, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Federale, Johnny Cash, Hank III
This album is like nothing we have ever come across. Is it an offshoot of the genre rockabilly? Perhaps. Does it pull sounds from classic western movies? To a certain extent. Is it bluegrass? Not quite. Is it country? Very early country works, undoubtedly. Is it the soundtrack to a psychedelic weste...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Spiritual Rez
The Nexus (2010)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Reggae, Alternative
Sounds Like: Jimmy Cliff, Wailing Souls, Sublime
This seven-piece Boston based band features bright reggae with subtle ska undertones. "The Nexus."  is the bands' second album that features thirteen tracks fueled by positive lyrics and solid musicianship throughout. The production is very clean and balanced, offering a vibrant headphone exper...
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Splendor Solis
Rosarivm Fraternitas Spiritualis (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Dark folk, Apocalyptic folk
Sounds Like: Death in June, Hexvessel, Darkwood
Dark folk, Neo folk, Apocalyptic folk, whatever you want to call it are mysterious and intriguing genres. There is so much to explore and we have just started to scratch the surface of these genres. Along our journey to seek out a hidden gem of the dark folk world we stumbled across Splendor Soils f...
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Spylacopa
Parallels (2015)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Experimental
Sounds Like: My Dying Bride, Battle of Mice, Sumac
Looking for an album with tremendous variety and innovation? Download a copy of Spylacopa’s Parallels and your music library will be immediately enhanced. Spylacopa is a nice little hidden gem made up under the pseudo “supergroup” model (a term which we hate and will not m...
Monday, May 29, 2017
Stare At The Clouds
This Clear Divide (2016)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Progressive rock, Post rock
Sounds Like: Katatonia, Porcupine Tree
While sifting steadily through a considerable amount of entries for June 2017's album of the month considerations our expediency was thankfully interrupted as we took a first listen through 'This Clear Divide'. What we found was an album with texture and chemistry, that almost elicited a the require...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Steinsopp
Steinsopp (2016)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy psych rock, Doom
Sounds Like: Sleep, Dead Meadow
Our Norwegian language is very limited and we apologize if we are wrong, but after further digging we discovered the English translation of the word “sopp” means mushroom. Welcome Steinsopp from Norway with their shroom-soaked and acid tinged psychedelic Self-Titled album. Here ...
Friday, January 31, 2014
sToa
Silmand (2008)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Neo-Classical Goth
Sounds Like: Clan of Xymox, Autumn Tears
sToa's 2008 masterpiece is one that will soothe the dark side of your spirit.  Easily one of the most calming and enthralling obscure albums we have come across in a long time.  Silmand is a sonic whirlwind covering gothic theatrical and ethereal landscapes. Mandy Bernhardt's maje...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Stolas
Living Creatures (2013)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Progressive
Sounds Like: Coheed and Cambria, Poison The Well
Stolas' debut , Living Creatures is a middle-of-the-road album that seems to go nowhere. They seem to balance a fine line between hardcore and progressive rock as each track dives in and out between the two styles. The vocals are the typical dual vocal style where the singer is heavy and gu...
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Stone House On Fire
Neverending Cycle (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Heavy psych rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Gas Giant, Black Rainbows, Gammera
If you’re seeking out some new heavy psyche rock to fill that void of something new, look no further than Stone House On Fire. The band from Volta Redonda, Brazil has just unleashed their third album Neverending Cycle. The foundation of Stone House on Fire’s music is influenced ...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Stone Senses
Exception to the Rule (2013)
Turn this to 2.5 of 11
Genre: Reggae, Alternative
Sounds Like: Peter Tosh, Sublime, 311
We all know there is an abundance of alternative reggae, rock bands out there today and we are always keeping an eye out for some fresh talent that can shake up this genre. Unfortunately Stone Senses is not one of them. From Carlsbad, California, this six-piece band has shared the stage with some bi...
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Stonehead
Inner Demons (2016)
Turn this to 5.8 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Roachpowder, White Zombie, Motorhead
DRESDEN, GERMANY
Talk about a mixed bag of rock, the gents known as Stonehead from Germany have thrown every style of rock and metal into their latest release Inner Demons. While this album can be highly entertaining at times, we find it to to be ...
Monday, April 03, 2017
Stranger In My Town
Vol.1 (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Post rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Karma To Burn, My Sleeping Karma, Earthless
From Italy welcome Stranger in My Town, an instrumental quartet that plays a smooth blend of Post-rock and stoner rock. As we come across a plethora of bands that follow this mold many sound eerily similar to one another, yet only a few rise to the top and capture our attention. Vol. 1, the...
Monday, January 12, 2015
Strangers Family Band
ST (2013)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Syd Barrett, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels
There is no dancing between genres with the Strangers Family Band (SFB). They are psychedelic rock to the bone. Trippy vocals, swirling guitar effects, extended solos, drug references, and euphoric imagery all add to their stream of consciousness experience. SFB were organized in 2007 and hail from ...
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Strippers In Love
I Am What Im Becoming (2016)
Crank this to 10.6 of 11
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Genre: Psychedelic, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Last Crack, Bloodiest, Ink and Dagger
Strippers In Love have absolutely floored us sonically. We must harken back to former true 'under the radar'  innovators like Last Crack, Barkmarket, or Mindfunk to recall such impactful revolutionary sound. Interestingly enough, we stumbled upon these musical wizards as they have just released...
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Subheim
No Land Called Home (2013)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Trip Hop , Ambient
Sounds Like: Portishead, Massive Attack, Saltillo
Trip hop, electronica, whatever you want to call it is flooded with artists that sound similar to each other or just not putting forth original thoughtful music, so  it’s great to hear some artists rise to form. This brings us to Subheim, a side music project of Germany based artist Kosta...
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Sun Frenzy
Odd (2017)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Colour Haze, Kyuss, Floating Goat
Fuzzzzzz, that’s what Poland’s Sun Frenzy are all about. Their debut EP has that old stoner vibe in vein of bands like Kyuss and Colour Haze, yet they throw in a smidgen of punk attitude like Floating Goat. The trio do not hide theses influences as ODD is clearly an homage to th...
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Sungrazer
Mirador (2011)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Dozer, Kyuss, Colour Haze
The second offering from the threesome out of Demark is possibly one of the best summer albums of all time. Released from the mighty Electrohash Records (Colour Haze), this album exhumes a  mellow warmth, even on some of the heavy parts. With the harmonizing vocals of Rutger Smeets and Hans Mul...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Sunstone
Domus Brutalis (2017)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Doom
Sounds Like: YOB, Pallbearer
One key element to developing an impressive doom album is the continuity or cohesiveness it brings to formulate a set of emotions from the listener. We have found that diversity or stream of consciousness within doom does not work. Second and perhaps most important is believing the pain and anguish ...
Monday, May 02, 2016
Sunwolf
Eve (2016)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Post rock, Atmospheric metal, Drone
Sounds Like: Red Sparrowes, Cult of Luna, Callisto
Sunwolf from Scotland have been grinding out atmospheric, post-metal drone music since 2012. The first three albums, Beyond The Sun (2012), Midnight Moon (2013) and Beholden To Nothing and No One (2014) were very atmospheric with elements of doom, sludge, drone and some am...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Supershine
ST (2000)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Trouble, King's X
Talk about hidden gems in a one album super-group. Arguably one of the best hard rock front-men of all time, Dug Pinnick from King's X, teams up with Bruce Franklin and Jeff Olson from Trouble. Despite the talent involved, the album dipped way under the radar qualifying for obscure status. Dug's ric...
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Survival Knife
Loose Power (2014)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Math Rock, Indie, Rock
Sounds Like: Mystery Machine, Far, Jawbox
Survival Knife has a deep rooted 90's laced vibe. This vibe primarily stems from lead singer Justin Trosper, former frontman for the powerful hardcore noise rock band, Unwound. Unlike Unwound, however, Survival Knife provides more coherence and fine tuned craftsmanship.  Their debut al...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Svalbard
Gone Tomorrow (2013)
Crank this to 7.7 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Atmospheric metal
Sounds Like: Touché Amore, Taint, The Ocean
Melodic, atmospheric hardcore can be a dynamic combination when performed at a high level. Many bands today with hardcore roots who try to branch out often sound very similar to one another and seem get lost in the shuffle. However, there are exceptions, and Svaldard from Bristol, UK are the real de...
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Swamp Corpse
Bone Mill (2018)
Crank this to 7.1 of 11
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Black Metal
Sounds Like: Crowbar, Unsea, TarLung
Swamp Corpse is exactly how you think it would sound; acid-laced sludge coated with a layers of black metal and doom. The foursome from Germany love to mess around with smoked-filled feedback that will scrape the paint off your walls. Just check out “Carnal Cloak of Dignity,” this track ...
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Swan Valley Heights
ST (2016)
Crank this to 10.2 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Arenna, Samsara Blues Experiment
The Germany based trio's debut Self-Titled album is wise beyond its years. Swan Valley Heights delivers a very mature and tight album that strategically spirals through classic stoner, doom, sludge and ethereal space laden rock. The threesome have a very natural chemistry that can best be d...
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Swedenborg Raum
In Between (2016)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Progressive metal
Sounds Like: My Sleeping Karma, Dawnbringer, Black Rainbows
Swedenborg Raum, a three-piece progressive metal band based out of Germany has taken us by surprise. On our search for some new progressive metal, we stumbled across these guys and what at trip it was. The band puts forth some majestic metal that dabbles in various other rock genres. Their second re...
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Sweeper
High Point (2016)
Turn this to 4.1 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Soil, Hinder
From Oklahoma welcome Sweeper and their debut EP High Point. We’ll cut right to the chase on this one, basically the EP is your run-of-the mill hard rock album. With so-so production this album never really hit the sweet spot with us. However, there are a few shining moments where the...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sweet Apple
Love and Desperation (2010)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: T Rex, Buckcherry, Eddie Money
Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis contributes in the backdrop throughout Sweet Apple's first full length album. Perhaps we can call this one a collaboration album. Lead singer John Petrovic's vocals are sub-par at best, at times his vocals resonate a hoarse Eddie Money. Petrovic's vocals become even more pro...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Swell
Well? (1991)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Indie, Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Neutral Milk Hotel, Iron and Wine
Great talent often does go unnoticed. Swell is a four man show featuring the infectious acoustic guitar of David Freel and unique drumming style of Sean Kirkpatrick. Having put out 12 albums, we still consider them obscure. Now 22 years later, their music is one of a kind with a steady unique formul...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Symptoms of Silence
Visions (2016)
Turn this to 4.2 of 11
Genre: Post-Hardcore
Sounds Like: Inhale Exhale, Poison The Well, Fear Factory
A six-piece hardcore band had us scratching our heads, thinking is it really necessary to have six members? Being from Ireland and having an intriguing album cover we decided to give these guys a shot. The debut EP is pretty much your run-of-the-mill modern day post-hardcore band. With dueling hardc...