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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Darsena
Darsena (2019)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Post rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: MOEWN, My Sleeping Karma, 5ive - metal band
Going into this one, we expected another ho-hum instrumental stoner rock album. Boy, were we wrong! Darsena, hailing from Comacchio, Italy consist of Nicola Fantini (Guitar) and Gian Luca Palmisano (Drums) who will bring an intriguing blend of Post and stoner rock to your collection. The album trave...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Faerie Ring
The Clearing (2019)
Crank this to 10.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stoner rock, Doom
Sounds Like: Rezn, Mountainwolf, Forming the Void
We could not even get through track 3 let alone a full rotation before we clicked further to purchase the vinyl on this one. Next, we Google the shit out of the band name in an attempt to track down any semblance of where these four blissful artists may have collaborated prior to this release. The r...
Saturday, June 08, 2019
Dune Sea
Dune Sea (2019)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Space rock, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Les Big Byrd, Vibravoid, Farflung
Hailing from Norway, Dune Sea’s debut album hits on all levels as they toe the line between space rock and psychedelics. With the comforting flow of early Queens of the the Stoneage and the heavy space rock of Farflung, Dune Sea have have easily become a mainstay in our rotation. The album is ...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Grey Skies Ahead
Panacea (2019)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Post rock, Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Plini, My Sleeping Karma
Grey Skies Ahead from Austria do not play your typical Post-rock with long buildups or 11-plus minute epic tracks.  The foursome throw a lot of complex progressive themes along with a dash of stoner and math rock into Panacea. It’s actually a beautiful sounding instrumental album...
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Gathering of Kings
First Mission (2019)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Asia, Kenny Loggins, Dokken
Yes indeed, Gathering of Kings contains six vocalists and a nostalgic cover harkening us back to Anderson Buford Wakeman and Howe. Sure we could have just said Yes or Asia, but we are talking supergroups here folks. GOK is a Swedish supergroup with a flair for the involved and throwing in the kitche...
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Down I Go
This Is Disastercore (2019)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
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Genre: Math Rock, Hardcore
Sounds Like: Fantomas, Shellac, Pissed Jeans
Shame on us for not giving Down I Go enough rotations over the years. Well this 2019 re-release of a 2006 gem was a true blessing. The trio hailing from the UK or is it Chicago/ Toronto/ Stockholm… not sure as the band’s information is unusually inconsistent across mediums. What we do k...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Funeral Presence
Achaitus (2019)
Crank this to 7.4 of 11
Genre: Black Metal, Hardcore
Sounds Like: Death, Katatonia, Darkthrone
An oboe solo followed by string/acoustic accompaniment followed by an onslaught of analog recorded percussion followed by muddled hardcore metal cries all set to distant fretwork melodies ala Samhain or early Katatonia... And you are thrust in the minds of Funeral Presence. New York’s experime...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Elephant Messiah
Odysseys (2019)
Turn this to 6.7 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Greenleaf, Brain Police, The Gentleman Bastards
Terrific cover no doubt. The latest EP by Germany’s Elephant Messiah is a groovin' stoner rock that will fit comfortably within your heavy rotation. With some catchy grooves and a cool stoner vibe, Odysseys has some great moments, but it just doesn’t take any chances and feels l...
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Spirit Adrift
Divided By Darkness (2019)
Crank this to 9.6 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Progressive metal
Sounds Like: Khemmis, Dawnbringer, Pallbearer
Grab your favorite adult beverage, crank up your sound system and let the progressive fretwork flow through your veins. The third album by Arizona natives Spirit Adrift is about 43 minutes of euphoric, arms-raised-to-the-sky sonic progressive metal. Vocalist Nate Garrett is on top of his game with h...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Gatekeeper
Grey Maiden (2019)
Crank this to 7.3 of 11
Genre: Heavy metal
Sounds Like: Gamma Ray, Manowar
Attention all metal heads for Gatekeeper has released their second EP Grey Maiden. Hailing from Canada, the five-piece Power metal outfit draw influences from metal gods like Gamma Ray, Saxon and Manowar. Lead vocalist Jean Pierre Abboud was made for singing power metal, he has a clean, pow...