Eclectic Vibes - April 2008

by Andrew Frey

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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.

(2559) Page Views

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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.

(5309) Page Views

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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.

(2679) Page Views

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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.

(2521) Page Views

David & Steve Gordon online:
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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.

(2864) 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.

(2721) Page Views

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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!

(2558) Page Views

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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.

(2676) Page Views

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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.

(3111) Page Views

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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.

(2660) Page Views

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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.

(2633) 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.

(2606) Page Views

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