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Latest Reviews - November 25, 2014
Camel Driver
(ST)
2014
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Math Rock
Sounds Like: Spickle, Biblical Proof of UFO’s, Don Caballero
When Math rock and Stoner rock collide it can be very involved and technical, especially when played at a high level. Camel Driver from Kiel, Germany have released a damn fine album that accomplishes this. From the impressive catalog of Pink Tank Records, this release running at 38 minutes will grab... Full Review and Video Clip
Usnea
(Random Cosmic Violence)
2014
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Doom, Metal
Sounds Like: YOB, Pallbearer, Om
2014 has been an impressive year for doom metal. The year included releases from the veterans of OM and YOB, to the newfangled juggernauts of Pallbearer along with a teaser track from the godfather's Sleep. It has also been a growth year for the genre as a variety of bands have been sprouting up new... Full Review and Video Clip
Jan and Lorraine
(Gypsy People)
1969
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.6 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic folk
Sounds Like: Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchel
1969 was an incredible year for music; the world saw releases from King Crimson with In the Court of the Crimson King Crimson, The Stooges debut record and Jethro Tulls’ Stand Up just to name a few. Gypsy People from Psychedelic folk duo Jan & Lorraine was releas... Full Review and Video Clip
Svalbard
(Gone Tomorrow)
2013
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.7 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Atmospheric metal
Sounds Like: Taint, Touché Amore, 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... Full Review and Video Clip
Harsh Toke
(Light Up And Live)
2013
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: The Mystic Krewe of Clearlight, Earthless, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound
Jam bands and stoner rock have been crossing paths for many years now. One of the most influential fusion bands that bridged the gap for us started back in 1996 with the great Mystick Krewe of Clearlight. They infused dark undertones with hippie laced jams. Its good to see that the genre still holds... Full Review and Video Clip
Nihiling
(Same)
2014
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Leech, God is an Astronaut, 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... Full Review and Video Clip
Chance's End
(Down The Doors)
2012
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Electronica, Hip Hop
Sounds Like: Stao, Lindsey Stirling, Escala
Chance's End has a very distinctive trip-hop style, blending folk, soul, jazz, and electronica into their third and most impressive album to date. The San Francisco based band refreshed their sound in 2010 with the addition of lead singer Emily Zisman. Emily has a rich background in folk music and j... Full Review and Video Clip
Protokult
(No Beer In Heaven)
2014
Staff Rating: Turn this to 2.5 of 11
Genre: Folk Rock
Sounds Like: Arkona, Battlelore, 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... Full Review and Video Clip
Aereogramme
(Seclusion)
2004
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: Chevelle, Death Cab For Cutie, A Perfect Circle
Aereogramme hailed from Scotland and prior to their split in 2007, released four very intriguing studio albums. The band was made up of four very talented musicians; Craig B. (Vocals), Iain Cook (Guitar & Programming), Campbell McNeil (Bass) and Martin Scott (Drums). They soon went on to work... Full Review and Video Clip
Lo-Pan
(Colossus)
2014
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Rock
Sounds Like: Karma To Burn, Dozer, Disengage
Columbus, Ohio is a place that has a small, yet important piece of stoner rock history for U.S. bands from the late 90’s through today. Bands like Rebreather, Disengage, Red Giant and many others were laying the foundation for independent, small acts in and around this region. Another band fro... Full Review and Video Clip
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