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  • Eclectic Vibes - February 2008

    by Andrew Frey

    Ascension of the Watchers featuring Burton C. Bell

    Ascension of the Watchers featuring Burton C. Bell

    This Month, Micro Reviews of: Ascension of the Watchers, Chip Raman, Dreamscape, Egypt Central, Farmers Market, ID Guiness, Imperia, Dub Trio, Kick To Tha Head, Mannhai, No Redeeming Social Value, Ryan Montbleau Band, Yelworc, Vanishing Point


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Stinky thru 10 - Effluent

    Ascension Of The Watchers - Numinosum

    Ascension Of The Watchers - Numinosum

    Ascension Of The Watchers

    Album title: Numinosum
    Record Label: 13th Planet Records
    Rating: 3

    New brainchild of recently re-inspired vocalist Burton C Bell (Fear Factory, G/Z/R). This stab at emotive spiritually uplifting rock unfortunately comes off bearing a droning, nebulous, implosion of talent and musical fortitude. Not good.

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    Dreamscape - 5th Season

    Dreamscape - 5th Season

    Dreamscape

    Album title: 5th Season
    Record Label: Locomotive Records
    Rating: 8

    Progressive metal from Munich, Germany portrayed with theatrics and grandeur. The male vocals are sung with just the right finesse between intense and emotive plus the headbanging grooves are parted with a friendly amount of atmospheric interludes.

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    Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

    Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

    Dub Trio

    Album title: Another Sound Is Dying
    Record Label: Ipecac Recordings
    Rating: 8

    Swirling metal, reggae, dub, jazz and a sphincter load of talent together with unscrupulous sounds in an elevator shaft of musical potential that also swings the fulcrum of nefarious fanaticism to produce outlandish yet cohesive results in a Melvins kinda way.

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    Egypt Central - Egypt Central (self titled)

    Egypt Central - Egypt Central (self titled)

    Egypt Central

    Album title: Egypt Central (self titled)
    Record Label: Fat Lady Music
    Rating: 4

    Originating from Memphis, TN (not Egypt) this highly emotive, overly pimped and polished nu-ish metal is undeniably very hard rock radio friendly, but they appear to have sacrificed their integrity and sold their musical souls to get there. Yawn!

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    Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

    Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

    Farmer's Market

    Album title: Surfin’ USSR
    Record Label: Ipecac Recordings
    Rating: 8

    Improbable permutations of traditional Bulgarian melodies along with jazz, folk, and rock that have been percolated to oblique perfection. The songs often lead with uptempo folk rhythms that are broken with soundtrack-ish ambiance and other delightful distractions.

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    ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

    ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

    ID Guinness

    Album title: Cure For The Common Crush
    Record Label: Guinness Records
    Rating: 9

    A creative Canadian dripping on the goss of Bowie and Pink Floyd via his anthemic psychedelic rock platitudes with ambient quagmires and juxtapositions of frilly frivolity ultimately producing sustained excitement.

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    Imperia - Queen of Light

    Imperia - Queen of Light

    Imperia

    Album title: Queen of Light
    Record Label: Locomotive Records
    Rating: 8

    Orchestral bombastics are common place for this atmospheric, melodic, gothic tinged metal outfit. Led vocally by the beautiful and very capable Helena Iren Michaelsen (ex-Trail of Tears) the compositions posture from an aggressive yet progressive viewpoint that is as effective as it is entrancing.

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    Kick To Tha Head - As We Think So We Are

    Kick To Tha Head - As We Think So We Are

    Kick To Tha Head

    Album title: As We Think So We Are
    Record Label: Turkey Vulture Records
    Rating: 6

    Spurting raw punk rhythms coalesced by hardcore attitude, these short yet intense and guttural emanations examine pain and aggression via a curmudgeonous introversion of fantastic frivolity.

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    Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

    Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

    Mannhai

    Album title: Hellroad Caravan
    Record Label: Locomotive Spain Records
    Rating: 8

    Heavy groove rockers from Finland with ex-Amorphis front man Pasi Koskinen handling the vocal crooning and cajoling. Their stoner rhythms have a tendency of headbanging their way into my heart and CD player.

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    No Redeeming Social Value - Still Drinking

    No Redeeming Social Value - Still Drinking

    No Redeeming Social Value

    Album title: Still Drinking
    Record Label: Dead City Records
    Rating: 7

    Determined to live up to their name, these unabashedly confrontational and alcoholic fueled New York Hardcore addicts hammer home a gaggle of humorously juvenile songs, with titles and concepts to frame their unredeemable status.

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    Chip Raman - Edge Of A Song

    Chip Raman - Edge Of A Song

    Chip Raman

    Album title: Edge Of A Song
    Record Label: Rosebud Records
    Rating: 7

    This talented singer/songwriter has packaged art, heart and musical revelry into one cohesive package bearing his name and providing a nice platform for spreading his thought provoking, easy going compositions.

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    Ryan Montbleau band - Patience on Friday

    Ryan Montbleau band - Patience on Friday

    Ryan Montbleau band

    Album title: Patience on Friday
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 8

    This album, a tribute to the band’s good friend and backup drummer Denis Babin who died in 2006, shows off a zippy, zesty, robust and charismatic singer/songwriter with his band strutting a stoic resonance with a sturdy stance.

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    Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season

    Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season

    Vanishing Point

    Album title: The Fourth Season
    Record Label: Locomotive Records
    Rating: 8

    Australian born melodic metal with synth and actual singing. Hints of goth and a mixture of progressive and power metal elements manage to magnificently funnel the guitar riffs into a formidable force that has been seen around the globe.

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    Yellworc - Icolation

    Yellworc - Icolation

    Yellworc

    Album title: Icolation
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 8

    Dark and creepy gothic industrial perturbed by prickly electronic tantalizations of unforeseen atmospheres in a realm of unrequited synthetic love and hate. Icolaiton is the conceptual continuation of the infernal “Trinity- journey.”

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