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  • Eclectic Vibes - January 2008

    by Andrew Frey

    Torte Elvis and company play the classics a new way

    Torte Elvis and company play the classics a new way

    This Month: Dread Zeppelin, ASG, Blake Lewis, D Numbers, Diary Of Dreams, Edenbridge, Juicehead, Ladysmith Black Mambasa, London After Midnight,  Putumayo’s Latin Reggae, Meldrum, Omar Akram, Putumayo’s Secret Journey, Sequoia Grove, Six and Violence, 3, Uz Jsme Doma


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    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 - Sinkhole thru 10 - Astronaut

    3 - The End Is Begun

    3 - The End Is Begun

    3

    Album title: The End Is Begun
    Record Label: Metal Blade Records
    Rating: 9

    Moody, paradoxical and sophisticated rhythms compliment the succinct and distinct vocals which soar but do not annoy, while utilizing technical prowess to bring broad minded progressive metal to new heights.

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    Omar Akram - Secret Journey

    Omar Akram - Secret Journey

    Omar Akram

    Album title: Secret Journey
    Record Label: Real Music
    Rating: 9

    This son of a UN diplomat brings us an infusion of world flecked jazz instrumentals set in melodic new age atmospheres. Piano is the dominant but not overpowering motivator here, complimented by violin, guitar, drums and keyboard.

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    ASG - Win Us Over

    ASG - Win Us Over

    ASG

    Album title: Win Us Over
    Record Label: Volcom Entertainment
    Rating: 8

    Friends of the surf/skate/snowboard scene, ASG dishes out heavy melodic rock with lots of stoner/psychedelic/alcoholic influences.  A perfect compliment to your adrenalin fueled experiences!

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    D Numbers - Lightparade

    D Numbers - Lightparade

    D Numbers

    Album title: Lightparade
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 9

    Boarding on instrumental jamtronica but activating just enough quirky indie rock impressions as to not be permeated with a patchouli patina. The stylistic layered approach that this Santa Fe, NM trio utilizes is a constant but the sonic outcomes create a variety of tonal conundrums.

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    Diary Of Dreams - Nekrolog 43

    Diary Of Dreams - Nekrolog 43

    Diary Of Dreams

    Album title: Nekrolog 43
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 8

    Dark and haunting gothic industrial electronica with sinister ambience yet beautifully breathtaking beats and passages. From the deep and demented mind and voice of Adrian Hates.

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    Dread Zeppelin - Bar Coda

    Dread Zeppelin - Bar Coda

    Dread Zeppelin

    Album title: Bar Coda
    Record Label: Cash Cow Productions
    Rating: 8

    The basic “schtick” here involves an Elvis impersonator vocalist singing Zeppelin (and other) classics reinvigorated to an often reggae beat. This time they inject some Beatles, Bob Marley and other song snippets with their unique flavor as well.

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    Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

    Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

    Edenbridge

    Album title: The Chronicles of Eden
    Record Label: Locomotive Records
    Rating: 8

    A 2 disc set featuring 3 new songs, some rarities and bonus tracks on one disc with the other a “best of” compilation voted on by fans worldwide. A great overview of this female fronted Austrian symphonic metal group! For fans of Within Temptation or Nightwish.

    (3281) Page Views

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    Juicehead - Devil Made Me Do It

    Juicehead - Devil Made Me Do It

    Juicehead

    Album title: Devil Made Me Do It
    Record Label: Misfits Records
    Rating: 7

    Old school thought provoking punk rock from Chicago with raw raspy guitars, tinny drums, sing along vocals and thrashy hooks that pummel and cajole the listener into a good feelin’ frenzy.

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    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Album title: Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
    Record Label: Heads Up Africa
    Rating: 9

    Taking a break from their usual heavy handed Christian focused acapella, this Grammy award winning African singing group pays homage to Shaka Zulu, one of the greatest leaders in African history. Amazing harmonies as always.

    (3088) Page Views

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    Blake Lewis - Audio Daydream

    Blake Lewis - Audio Daydream

    Blake Lewis

    Album title: Audio Daydream
    Record Label: Arista/J Records
    Rating: 9

    Once again a runner up on American Idol scores bigger than the winner. Dynamic and diverse, this release offers a great range of Blake-isms; from beat boxing and alternative pop to soul and hip hop all seen through his pleasant technotronic filters.

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    London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

    London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

    London After Midnight

    Album title: Violent Acts Of Beauty
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 8

    This long time gothic band has retooled and reinvigorated their style by adding a substantial electronic element. This change makes for some fertile new musical frontiers and repeated listens.

    (3057) Page Views

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    Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

    Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

    Meldrum

    Album title: Blowin’ Up The Machine
    Record Label: Locomotive Spain
    Rating: 7

    By featuring guests Gene Hoglan on drums and Lemmy on some back ups, you get a good idea of what kind of kick ass metal this trio of fired up, ballsy females are gonna whip up.

    (3465) Page Views

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    Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

    Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

    Putumayo Presents

    Album title: Latin Reggae
    Record Label: Putumayo World Music
    Rating: 9

    I love reggae and Putumayo has managed to thrust a whole bunch of wonderful established as well as newcomer Spanish singing reggae based artists (largely from Spain) into the spotlight with this release. Ya mon!

    (3655) Page Views

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    Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

    Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

    Putumayo Presents

    Album title: Tango Around The World
    Record Label: Putumayo World Music
    Rating: 9

    Musically touring the tantalizing Tango hotbeds around the world including Finland, Senegal, Portugal and most notably Argentina. Here we are shown the fancy footwork (and musicianship) of 11 internationally renowned artists.

    (3285) Page Views

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    Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

    Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

    Sequoia Groove Presents

    Album title: Angels Voices
    Record Label: Sequoia Records
    Rating: 6

    Compiled by Yogafit founder Beth Shaw and mixed by the Gordon Brothers, this compilation focuses on female voices and consists of remixes of about 5 different bands. Blissful but limited.

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    Six And Violence - Bastards of the Universe

    Six And Violence - Bastards of the Universe

    Six And Violence

    Album title: Bastards of the Universe
    Record Label: Dignified Bastards
    Rating: 9

    A double disc complete discography of the band’s twenty year existence. These 58 songs are rife with great old school NYC hardcore punk riffs, attitude and humor.

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    Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

    Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

    Uz Jsme Doma

    Album title: Cod Liver Oil
    Record Label: Skoda Records
    Rating: 9

    Quirky, wild and zany jazz rock with a punk attitude. Comparisons to Zappa, Zorn and The Residents are actually appropriate here. This uneasy listening band from Prague sings in Czech and is not for the wimpy at heart.

    (3315) Page Views

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