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Spotinews recomendation
12.02.14

Hello again. The highly interesting new album by Helms Alee is a very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: metal/rock. Enjoy! Helms Alee – Sleepwalking SailorsFiled under: 2014...

The Quietus review
10.03.14

Of all the bands associated with the Hydra Head label in its dying days, Helms Alee were the band I worried for the most. This hugely talented trio had produced two of the finest...

Insound review
18.02.14

Helms Alee’s music is exactly the sort of mutant, fantastic hybrid that used to only occasionally erupt out of small, isolated scenes, uninformed by trends of the day - instead of...

Punk News review
06.02.14

It seems that when The Shrine were recording Bless Off the band members forgotten what decade they are in. They seem to be about thirty years behind musically. This album sounds...

The Line of Best Fit review
06.02.14

They may be subsidising their debut LP with a lot of previously-heard material, but when it's material as good as this, who gives a flying damn?

NME review
17.02.14

The Kettering revivalists' debut is the full psych package - minus the drugs

Under The Radar review
12.02.14

Dig out your suede jacket and dust off your Beatle boots: Temples and their debut album Sun Structures are dragging the jingly-jangly psychedelic pop sound into 2014, and you need...

Clash review
12.02.14

The sound of ‘60s experimentation smashed stunningly into the present day...

Spotinews recomendation
11.02.14

Howdy folks. The fine debut album by Temples was added to Spotify today (for me). Genre: psychedelic rock. Enjoy! (One review here.) (US version here.) Temples – Sun...

The Quietus review
10.02.14

A first glance at Temples suggest that they are something that's hardly ground-breaking in the grand history of pop music. The quartet's look harks back to a time when you could...

The Line of Best Fit review
27.01.14

Neo-psych garage rock that shakes everything in its wake.

Spotinews recomendation
14.02.14

Hey again. From last month: the explosive new album by Pontiak. Genre: stoner rock. Enjoy! Pontiak – InnocenceFiled under: 2014, Rock

Under The Radar review
07.02.14

Pontiak, folks. Opener "Innocence" rules, in precisely their nonchalant manner. It opens in mono, or close enough—a classic record-bin, vibrato-and-decibels power riff, exploding...

The Quietus review
31.01.14

If ever you needed an album to blow out the cobwebs then this is it. And if the self-consciously capitalised album title Innocence looks like its shouting, it certainly sounds...

Insound review
03.12.13

Warble Womb “Where it's warm, a shelter from the storm”. Three years since the last Dead Meadow release and the full-length of all-new tunes since 2008. Self-produced by the band...

The Quietus review
21.11.13

A funny thing happened on the way to the punk bar - the stoner rock movement was born. In the early 90s, in the lawless frontier known as the suburbs of New Jersey, journeyman...

NME review
11.11.13

The Melvins have made so many better albums that it would be scandalous to recommend this one.

Under The Radar review
10.12.13

Two alternating line-ups weren't enough to keep them busy, so core duo Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have now formed a third concurrent incarnation of the hardest-working band in...

The Quietus review
23.10.13

Now here's a welcome surprise – after a protracted, are-they-still-going-or-what type break from the public eye, it's the return of Bristol ur-rock titans Gonga with their third...

Spotinews recomendation
16.10.13

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update: the new album by Red Fang. Genre: stoner rock/metal. Enjoy! (Note: I’ll be on the road all day tomorrow so the next update should arrive...

The Quietus review
04.11.13

Red Fang rose to prominence off the back of three vivid slices of video idiocy (videocy?) whilst promoting their Relapse debut Murder the Mountains. Directed by Whitey McConnaughy...

Punk News review
16.10.13

Portland, OR's Red Fang get by on pure unadulterated rock n' roll badassery. They don't have the clearly defined pop sensibilities of Torche, the experimental streak of Kylesa, or...

Insound review
15.10.13

Black Moth are four super talented individuals, Harriet Bevan - vocals, Jim Swainston - guitar, Dave Vachon - bass, and Dom McCready, battering the crap out of his drums. Formed 2...

Under The Radar review
03.10.13

Here's a toast to Tony McPhee. It seems like "Raise" on FUZZ's self-titled debut could be an unabashed tribute to McPhee's group The Groundhogs, one of those old-guy bands that...

NME review
21.10.13

Ty Segall is not a man who waits around on the sidelines

Spotinews recomendation
06.10.13

Hello. This explosive new album by Fuzz was added to Spotify five days ago. Genre: rock. Read some positive reviews and enjoy! Fuzz – Fuzz Filed under: 2013, Rock

Insound review
17.09.13

The new American Sharks record features nine tracks and clocks in just few ticks more than 20 minutes, making it a perfect soundtrack for a morning commute as long as the listener...

Punk News review
11.10.13

With few exceptions, heavy metal takes itself far too seriously. The same could be said for portions of punk, emo or just about any other genre of music of course, but in metal it...

Punk News review
30.08.13

Jenks Miller has steadily built up a following with his alias Horseback, a sort of solo project that expertly comprises metal, folk, drone and shoegaze. While his albums have...

Spotinews recomendation
26.07.13

Hello. The new album by Valient Thorr was added to Spotify last month. Genre: hard/stoner rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Valient Thorr – Our Own Masters Filed under: 2013, Rock

Insound review
23.07.13

Savannah, Georgia' heavy-rockin' road dogs return to the fold with a stop-gap EP to hold us over between their raging last full length and their next. Tend No Wounds is a 6-song...

The Line of Best Fit review
19.07.13

Dead Meadow may not have invented sludgy metal riffs or psychedelia, but they sure as hell ragged the pair of ‘em mercilessly.

The Line of Best Fit review
05.08.13

Dead Meadow may not have invented sludgy metal riffs or psychedelia, but they sure as hell ragged the pair of ‘em mercilessly.

The Quietus review
17.07.13

What to make of Crumbling Ghost, purveyors of doom-infused psychedelic rock who use folk standards for their inspiration and incorporate the rhythms and cadences of traditional...

Insound review
11.07.13

Fatso Jetson's second and last album for SST Records.

Insound review
11.07.13

"This debut from Fatso Jetson of Palm Desert, CA, is as refreshingly direct and uncareerist as rock can get. Guitarist/vocalist Mario Lalli, bassist Larry Lalli, and drummer Tony...

Insound review
11.06.13

This is the first solo album from Andrew Stockdale, the voice, guitarist and creative visionary for the band Wolfmother. As the band was always Andrew's band with a revolving cast...

AudioCred review
07.06.13

The many praises of Temples have already been sung far and wide, from Liam Gallagher (or was it Noel? Anyway, one of the Gallaghers) to Johnny Marr. They’ve been often compared to...

Spotinews recomendation
07.06.13

Hello. The dynamic new album by Naam is a very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: psychedelic rock. Enjoy! (One review here.) Naam – Vow Filed under: 2013, Rock

The Quietus review
05.06.13

The six years since the release of Queens Of The Stone Age's last album, Era Vulgaris, an effort best described as a 'one for the hardcore fans if not the casual observer', has...

NME review
04.06.13

Josh Homme gives every single last fuck when it comes to crafting blow-your-mind-and-incinerate-your-crotch rock’n’roll

Under The Radar review
24.06.13

More than a decade ago now, my best friend made me listen to Rated R and Songs For the Deaf, claiming they were musical life-changers. I listened to them plenty and liked them...

Punk News review
07.06.13

A lot has changed since Queens of the Stone Age brought Era Vulgaris into the world six long years ago. Never mind the revolving door of band members; that's always been a factor...

Spotinews recomendation
06.06.13

Hey. The new album by Queens of the Stone Age is a good one. Genre: rock. Read this review and enjoy! Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork Filed under: 2013, Rock

The Line of Best Fit review
05.06.13

Queens of the Stone Age return from a six-year absence with a mature record that brims with new ideas

Spin review
04.06.13

More unbearable tension and hard-won release from the Sexiest Heavy Group on the Planet

Spin review
04.06.13

More unbearable tension and hard-won release from the Sexiest Heavy Group on the Planet

Insound review
28.05.13

ASG emerge from the sandy shores of North Carolina to deliver their fourth full-length and Relapse debut Blood Drive . Sun-soaked, groove-heavy riffs that reference equal parts...

Spotinews recomendation
09.06.13

Good evening. The latest album by ASG was added to Spotify last month. Genre: stoner rock. Enjoy! ASG – Blood Drive Filed under: 2013, Rock

Insound review
28.05.13

Since the release of their sophomore album, Blood Ceremony has worked hard to solidify their reputation as a worthy live act. Beginning with a well-received showcase at the...

NME review
17.05.13

Kettering crew continue their fixation with psych

AudioCred review
16.08.13

U.K. duo Temples bring the nostalgia like no other; they’re a hazy mix between the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Beach Boys (the “three B’s,” if you will). Still, their clever psych...

Insound review
15.05.13

With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, Ape Machine's music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock's glorious early years...

Punk News review
26.04.13

By my count, the Melvins have already officially released 42 covers of other composers, and there are probably another five or more that I am missing. Indeed, their seminal Lysol...

Punk News review
23.04.13

Some records hit you at exactly when you need them to. For this writer, Clutch's 2004 stoner-rock masterpiece Blast Tyrant was one of those records. It caught me in my awkward...

Insound review
05.11.13

Forget whatever you thought about Clutch. Earth Rocker crumples up the bad categories that have miscast them for years — stoner rock, post-hardcore, metal, grunge — and leaves no...