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  • Eclectic Vibes - April 2008

    by Andrew Frey

    Twisterbait

    Twisterbait

    This Month, Micro Reviews of: The American Plague, Anew Revolutions, David & Steve Gordon, Dead Child, Glenn Patrik, Immortal Dominion, Jaya Lakshmi, The Jungle, Lions Share, Mortal Love, Rupa & the April Fishes, The Poor Bastards, Twisterbait, Victims of Circumstance


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Mangled thru 10 - Moonstruck

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague

    Album title: Heart Attack
    Record Label: Feedback Symphony Records
    Rating: 6

    Hard driving, hard rocking trio serving up classic catchy heavy rock. Elements of angst and foreboding give way to campy rock.

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    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution

    Album title: Rise
    Record Label: Koch Entertainment
    Rating: 4

    Watered-down, radio-ready bubblegum metal. Oh, it’s so filled with emotions, intensity, blah, blah, blaze. For fans of such mass consumable and radio friendly bands as Staind, Dope, etc.

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    Dead Child - Attack

    Dead Child - Attack

    Dead Child

    Album title: Attack
    Record Label: Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records
    Rating: 8

    grooves of doom take flight from their terse, rudimentary beginnings and find fertile ground as the tonalities grow darker and more aggressive. Clean bad boy vocals spice the palette.

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    David & Steve Gordon - Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1

    David & Steve Gordon - Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1

    David & Steve Gordon

    Album title: Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1
    Record Label: Sequoia Records
    Rating: 9

    A collection of this famous duo’s favorite global drum fusions from their past 25 years. Beautiful, serene and trance-invoking drum visions. With bonus DVD of music and landscape visuals.

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    IfIHadAHiFi - Fame by Proxy

    IfIHadAHiFi - Fame by Proxy

    IfIHadAHiFi

    Album title: Fame by Proxy
    Record Label: Latest Flame Records
    Rating: 8

    These bastards bang out noisy contemporary power punk rock while being flanged and ready for the next stagger or incursion into delirium and lyrical conundrums. Perplexingly enthralling, annoying, exciting and tumultuous simultaneously.

    (3274) Page Views

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    Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

    Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

    Jaya Lakshmi

    Album title: Sublime
    Record Label: Sequoia Records
    Rating: 7

    Continuing on with her tradition of utilizing top talent and great producers to produce a very NOW direction to her offerings of Bhakti yoga. This Kirtan themed voyage of chant, chill and grace will carry the listener to alcoves of serenity and blissful platitudes.

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    Website


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    Lion's Share - Emotional Coma

    Lion's Share - Emotional Coma

    Lion's Share

    Album title: Emotional Coma
    Record Label: Locomotive Spain Records
    Rating: 9

    A masterful selection of whirled classic metal riffs with a thrashing power metal type undertow as directed by band mastermind Lars Chriss. Thanks to the distinctive and awesome Dio era vocals of Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS and WUTHERING HEIGHTS) this album packs a crunchy, satisfying punch!

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    Liquid Jungle - Tiny Heaven

    Liquid Jungle - Tiny Heaven

    Liquid Jungle

    Album title: Tiny Heaven
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 8

    Prog rock from Atlanta with a serious funk kick and some interesting quirks. The interplay of vocal harmonies amidst the disparate instrumental aptitudes serves to amplify the slurry of intriguing and beguiling musical intensities.

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    Mortal Love - Forever Will Be Gone

    Mortal Love - Forever Will Be Gone

    Mortal Love

    Album title: Forever Will Be Gone
    Record Label: Locomotive Spain Records
    Rating: 8

    A Female fronted gothic metal frolic from Oslo, Norway. Dynamic and dramatic gloomy melancholic texturing affront the characteristic moods of time and pace.

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    Glenn Patrik - Mr. Blues Jr.

    Glenn Patrik - Mr. Blues Jr.

    Glenn Patrik

    Album title: Mr. Blues Jr.
    Record Label: Glenn P.M. Patrik
    Rating: 8

    Saucy and charismatic encampments of flavorful blues. The organ and harmonica with the screaming and wailing guitar make poignant the subtle rhythmic rebuttals of this veteran bluesman.

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    Rupa and the April Fishes - ExtraOrdinary Rendition

    Rupa and the April Fishes - ExtraOrdinary Rendition

    Rupa and the April Fishes

    Album title: ExtraOrdinary Rendition
    Record Label: Cumbancha Records
    Rating: 10

    Etherial and whimsical whisperings spoken thru the flickering flame of chanteuse Rupa Marya. Tantalized with a multicultural temptation of sultry awareness amidst the occasional Euro spin, raga, or mariachi interlude. Superb.

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    Those Poor Bastards - The Plague

    Those Poor Bastards - The Plague

    Those Poor Bastards

    Album title: The Plague
    Record Label: Tribulation Recording Company
    Rating: 7

    Unsettling gothic gospel altercations spun and thickened with a dark angst and a rustic atmosphere. Coarse vocals are set amidst a haunting cacophony of vintage instruments and cantankerous rhythms. Hank III approved!

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    Twisterbait - I Spy

    Twisterbait - I Spy

    Twisterbait

    Album title: I Spy
    Record Label: Xacca Sounds
    Rating: 8

    A tasty tornadic EP of hybrid techno metal. The trio of members has the added technocratic blessing of being produced by Simon Hanson (Death In Vegas) who undoubtedly morphed this into the vision of rhythmic pulchritude that it is.

    (3045) Page Views

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    Victims Of Circumstance - Do It Yourself

    Victims Of Circumstance - Do It Yourself

    Victims Of Circumstance

    Album title: Do It Yourself
    Record Label: Financial Records
    Rating: 8

    Electing to point their musical feet in a skanking direction, this Tampa group finesses relisten-ability via their sonic soliloquies of memorable punk rock protuberances.

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