Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Waft
Chronolith (2015)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Doom, Sludge
Sounds Like: Elder, Monolord, Sleep
Waft's debut album Chronolith wreaks of authentic doom sludge. The only twist within the fumes of Chronolith is that Waft deviates from the repetitive simplicity of the genre and offers up a shitload of variety and detail. The quartet hails from South Carolina and have delivered an...
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Wall Of Orange
Self Titled (2016)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
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Genre: Atmospheric rock
Sounds Like: Band of Horses, The Verve, Eyes On The Shore
Wall of Orange's sound truly fills the room. Their aura exudes spacious floating concepts coupled with some very thought provoking lyrics. Their self-titled debut consists of eight inspiring tracks that infuse a ton of positive energy. The album is the brainchild of Dallas Texas native, Gary Parks, ...
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Wall of Sleep
No Quarter Given (2014)
Turn this to 3.3 of 11
Genre: Heavy metal
Sounds Like: Pale Divine, Trouble, Rainbow
Hailing from Hungary, Wall of Sleep brings us an album that has a 70s and 80s metal vibe. Their third album No Quarter Given has been labeled as traditional doom with a rooted metal sound. We do agree they have metal influences, but we hardly hear any doom anywhere on here. Their name may c...
Monday, January 15, 2018
War Cloud
ST (2017)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Bad Wizard, Floating Goat, Iron Maiden
The stoner metal scene has just received a kick in the gut with the debut release from War Cloud. The three-piece busting out of Oakland, California has reinvigorated our love for all things metal with their fervor and ambitious stoner metal shredding. War Cloud is brilliant at leveraging classic me...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Warpaint
The Fool (2010)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Ambient, Alternative, Indie
Sounds Like: Cocteau Twins, Bjork, The Cure
Warpaint , a female quartet from L.A. comprised of Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bassist/vocals) and Stella Mozgawa (drums/keyboards), deliver a strong first full length record in The Fool. With elements of gothic, hypnotic vocals and dark ...
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wasnatch
Front to Back (2012)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Reggae
Sounds Like: Matisyahu, Collie Budz, UB40
Reggae music with fake Jamaican accents is a difficult obstacle to overcome. Hailing from Utah, yes reggae from Utah is also another roadblock making for some challenges ahead in the review process. Yet we got through the requisite five listens and can gleam a few positives when all is said and done...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Wax Ruins
Heavygazer (2017)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Shoegaze, Post metal
Sounds Like: Rancho Relaxo, Swervedriver, Sons of Otis
The debut album from Dallas, Texas very own Wax Ruins is a unique melting pot of atmospheric rock. What we have here is an album that combines the soft, repetitive nature of 90s shoegaze along with elements of Post-metal and stoner rock, it’s quite a unique listen. Consisting of members Brian ...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
We Came From Space
While You Were Away (2018)
Turn this to 4.6 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree, Styx
The debut album from Pennsylvania's We Came From Space is a hodgepodge of choppy stabs at different progressive styles. Is this a concept album? Perhaps an attempt, but the flow is just painful to get through in one full rotation. A common theme we see from fly by night progressive rock band's is pu...
Sunday, January 31, 2016
We Stood Like Kings
USSR 1926 (2015)
Crank this to 10 of 11
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Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Caspian, Mogwai
The Post-rock genre never ceases to amaze us and just as we gear up to review new 2016 releases; we started listening to USSR 1926 by We Stood Like Kings. Our first impression was a feeling of awe and inspiration, to hear a post-rock album with this magnitude is amazing. Reminding us of why...
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Weed Demon
Astrological Passages (2018)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
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Genre: Sludge, Doom
Sounds Like: Zoroaster, Bongripper, Steinsopp
Drug-laced sludge is what it’s all about in the Weed Demon camp. The foursome from Ohio delve deeper into the depths of fuzzed-out hallucioigenic doom on their second release Astrological Passages. Weed Demon do a fantastic job at captivating their audience, this album really takes ov...
Monday, August 13, 2018
Weedcamp
Weedcamp (2018)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock, Instrumental
Sounds Like: Mother Engine, Brant Bjork, Karma To Burn
Steady as she goes. Weedcamp hailing from Germany deliver music with diligent focus and the fortitude to keep moving forward avoiding distractions. Budding with warmth and vision the band’s self-titled debut is the perfect companion when you prefer no vocal interruptions. We first previewed th...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Weedpecker
ST (2013)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Colour Haze, Elder
Crisp vibrant euphoric stoner rock is what Weedpecker is all about. Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, the two very talented Dobry brothers trade guitar prowess to deliver one of the best stoner rock debut albums we have heard in a long-time. The album runs about 40 minutes featuring six tracks, three ins...
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Weedpecker
II (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Elder, Colour Haze, Sungrazer
Weedpecker caught our attention in 2013 with their astounding debut album and we described the band as having a crisp and vibrant euphoric stoner rock sound. On their second album II which displays gorgeous album art they continue to enlighten us with more rich and vibrant stoner rock. The ...
Monday, July 23, 2018
Weeed
This (2018)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
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Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Thee Oh Sees
With the oversaturated THC market at hand, we take a strenuous filter through all the buds and flops to bring the interesting to the table. Weeed is no exception. While they are a search engine optimization nightmare with their intentional misspelling, our seekers stumbled and kept in heavy rotation...
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Weinland
Los Processaur (2012)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Folk Rock
Sounds Like: Wilco, Jayhawks, The Wallflowers
Weinland, a five piece band hailing from Portland Oregon, have a very authentic vibe which ages quite well over multiple listens. Lead singer Adam Shearer has a very rich, warm and infectious vocal style that will intrigue you as you progress through your first listen of Los Processaur. The...
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Weird Bugger
Pretty Cool Stuff For Beginners (2010)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Indie, Lounge, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Moby, Chemical Brothers, Gorillas
If you are looking for a unique instrumental lounge and experimental album, check this one out. Hailing from the Netherlands, this solo Moby-like instrumentalist has some impressive talent. The use of trumpet, techno and guitar provides for a somewhat carnival like feel mixed with some acid hallucin...
Friday, July 11, 2014
Wheel of Smoke
Signs of Saturn (2013)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Pelican, Samara Blues Experiment, Black Mountain
Wheel of Smoke are a 5-piece Psychedelic, Stoner rock band from Belgium and their second album, Signs of Saturn is a pleasant surprise. Whether you like the progressive side of Mastodon, the blues exploration of Samara Blues Experiment than these guys are right up your alley. The fact that ...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
White Bone Rattle
Creature of Curiosity (2012)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Hawkwind, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix
Some good hooks and moments of “grooviness”, but as a whole WBR puts forth a lackluster effort. We like WBR’s euphoric feel at times, but the album never really takes any risks nor does it delve very deep into the psychedelic genre that it purports. Lead singer David Hayfield provi...
Saturday, September 13, 2014
White Poppy
ST (2013)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Dream pop, Shoegaze
Sounds Like: Crystal Stilts, Beaches
White Poppy is the solo project of musician Crystal Dorval, and her first full-length is packed with mind-expansive dream pop and lo-fi shoegaze. It’s a very soft and peaceful album; she describes her music as 'experimental therapeutic pop', which pretty much sums up the album very well. Dorva...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
White Swan
The White (2017)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Sludge rock, Doom
Sounds Like: Acid King, Windhand, Kylesa
Ontario sludge outfit The White Swan has just graced us with a new three song EP of majestic and atmospheric doom. Upon first listen, they conjure up thoughts of Acid King or Windhand, as do many sludge bands with female vocalists. To be fair, The White Swan is so much more than your typical ho-hum ...
Monday, September 28, 2015
Wickerbird
The Leaf Maker (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Ambient Acoustic Folk
Sounds Like: Arrowwood, Bon Iver, Origamibiro
The Leaf Maker is a work of musical art where the album cover really paints what the listener is about to experience. Enter the expanse and woodsy atmosphere of Wickerbird. A spacious journey that will allow you to disconnect from all things today and wander into the serene world of creator Blake Co...
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Winds
Prominence and Demise (2007)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Neo-classical progressive metal
Sounds Like: Devin Townsend Project, Opeth, Dream Theatre
Looking for a metal album with a fury of progressive guitars, a steadfast bassline, classical piano and eloquent violins? Look no further than Progressive metal’s very own Winds. Formed in 1998, the band from Norway released their fourth album Prominence and Demise in 2007, which took...
Monday, June 01, 2015
Winters
Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies (2007)
Turn this to 3.9 of 11
Genre: Metal, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Mudhoney, Catherdral, Black Sabbath
Lead singer, Paul Fyfe sounds like Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) on depressants. We are all for unique vocal styles here at Rotation11, but the relentless whining and goofy somber tone that Fyfe exudes becomes unbearable making this a bit of a chore to get through in its entirety. Weak lyrics and ...
Friday, March 06, 2015
Wired Mind
mindstate dreamscape (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Samsara Blues Experiment, Colour Haze, Causa Sui
Long beautiful jams, psychedelic soundscapes and blissful heavy rhythms describe the aura that is Wired Mind. The band from Hannover, Germany hits on all cylinders for their debut album mindstate:dreamscape.  It’s hard to believe this is their first album, they have such great ch...
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Witch Ripper
Homestead (2018)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Progressive metal, Sludge
Sounds Like: Mastodon, High on Fire, Gojira
When it comes to progressive metal and sludge, it can be overwhelming trying to weed through tens of thousands of bands that sound exactly the same. You want that one band that breaks barriers and explores upon their genre. Look no further than Witch Ripper’s latest behemoth, Homestead. It&rsq...
Friday, June 08, 2018
Witchskull
Coven's Will (2018)
Crank this to 10.5 of 11
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Genre: Metal
Sounds Like: The Sword, Dio, Wounded Giant
There is something to be said for heartfelt, genuine, straight-shooting fucking heavy metal. Lead singer Marcus DePasquale is a diamond in the rough absolutely shining on WitchSkull’s sophomore release Coven’s Will. The Canberra, Australia natives deliver in a big way on their s...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Wizard Cult
Meteorites Tektites and Impactites (2015)
Turn this to 6.8 of 11
Genre: Sludge, Doom
Sounds Like: Electric Wizard, Weedeater, Saint VItus
From Boston, MA welcome doomsters Wizard Cult with their heavier than hell debut release Meteorites, Tektites, & Impactites. We’ll get right to the point with this one, it’s pretty much your typical doom /sludge band whose influences range heavily from Sleep, Electric Wizard...
Friday, December 06, 2013
Wo Fat
The Black Code (2012)
Crank this to 10 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock, Sludge
Sounds Like: Crowbar, Kyuss, Sleep
We have been listening to stoner sludge doom metal since the early days of The Melvins and Sleep. It’s been quite some time since an album this sonically masterful has caught our attention. Wo Fat, a three-piece band hailing from Texas, has conjured up a very special formula in their fourth re...
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wo Fat
The Conjuring (2014)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Colour Haze, Kyuss, High on Fire
#11 ALBUM OF 2014
Every once in a while a band comes along where their entire catalog is flawless and you don’t realize this until a few years pass by and several albums are under their belt. Wo Fat, from Dallas, Texas falls under th...
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Wolfhorde
To The Gates of the North (2016)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Folk metal
Sounds Like: Enisferum, Finntroll, Amon Amarth
Wolfhorde hailing from Finland are definitely a band flying under the radar in the Folk metal world. These guys throw down some infectious tunes consisting of vast amounts of metal styles that will put your mind in a whirlwind. While To the Gates of the North is definitely a folk metal albu...
Monday, February 05, 2018
Wolftooth
ST (2018)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Baroness, The Sword, Corrosion of Conformity
From the up and coming heavy rock label Cursed Tongue Records comes an album stuffed to the gills with metal and stoner themes. Wolftooth, hailing from Richmond, Indiana has unleashed their debut full length upon us and man this...
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Wolves of Winter
ST (2016)
Turn this to 5.3 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Staind, Life of Agony, Corrosion of Conformity
Why force it? This is not stoner/desert rock and contains really no elements (other than perhaps the album art) of what has formulated the genre. Rather we prefer the broader hard rock genre to best describe Wolves of Winter’s first self-titled release. There is no meandering riffage and ether...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wooden Shjips
West (2011)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: MC5, Hawkwind
San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips are back to entertain us with their blend of pshycodelic, space-rock jamming once again. Repetition is the key to this album, once they start on a rhythm, there’s no looking back, there’s virtually no change-ups here. However, it’s not all drone,...
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Wounded Giant
Vae Victus (2017)
Crank this to 9.7 of 11
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Genre: Stoner rock, Sludge rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Vokonis, Lizzard Wizzard
Usually it's a good thing when bands touch a variety of genres in their sound. Over the many years of research we have found that this tends to breed an original sound versus the heavy concentration in one genre. Wounded Giant dabble and cross areas in hardcore, doom, black metal, sludge and stoner....
Friday, February 05, 2016
Wray
Hypatia (2016)
Turn this to 6.9 of 11
Genre: Shoegaze, Dream pop, Alternative
Sounds Like: The Cure, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine
From Birmingham, Alabama welcome Wray and their sophomore release Hypatia. This album gives us twelve soft and dreamy shoegaze tracks that pretty much picks up from their previous Self-Titled release. However, there are slight differences to be found here as the band sounds more ma...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Wren
Host (2016)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
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Genre: Atmospheric metal, Sludge rock
Sounds Like: ISIS, Cult of Luna, Fudge Tunnel
This is the perfect EP for Isis (the band) fans who may be yearning for something new. Ok, Wren may not be Isis but man they certainly do a good job of channeling their older works. The foursome hailing  from London, England do a tremendous job with contrast as they capture this aura through al...
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Wrong
ST (2016)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Noise rock
Sounds Like: Unsane, Helmet, Fudge Tunnel
Several members of Kylesa and Torche have joined forces to deliver a very solid reflection back on the 1990s hardcore alternative metal scene. Their sound features Helmet-like staccato vocals and some very impressive start-stop grooves and crushing riffs. The Miami-based project has delivered a very...