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  • Eclectic Vibes - July 2009

    by Andrew Frey

    27th Annual Atwood Summerfest

    27th Annual Atwood Summerfest

    WoooHooo! Summer 2009.
    Get out and catch a festival or 5. SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM this month including Rothbury, 10KLF, Big Wu Family Reunion X, Atwood Summerfest, Camp Euforia, Grateful Garcia Gathering and SCHWAGSTOCK. Google em for more info!


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Thin Soup thru 10 – Solid Jell-O

    Amorphis - Skyforger

    Amorphis - Skyforger

    Amorphis

    Album title: Skyforger
    Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records
    Rating: 10

    Finding new ways to awaken my inner Viking! Invigorating anthems with their signature Scandinavian folk metal approach reverberate a dark, powerful beauty and majesty unmatched. This third round with singer Tomi Joutsen integrates a broad stroke of vocal styles with increased progressive rock elements to their musical palette.

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    Lawrence Blatt - The Color Of Sunshine

    Lawrence Blatt - The Color Of Sunshine

    Lawrence Blatt

    Album title: The Color Of Sunshine
    Record Label: LBM Music
    Rating: 9

    Brandishing a full spectrum of guitar tricks and treats, this release finds a highly acclaimed acoustic guitar finger-picker emoting melodies and rhythms inspired by colors that are in turn designed to motivate a mood. This is his mode of tickling the oft unused mix of color and light therapy into music structures. Produced by Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman.

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    Chill Factor-5 - The Venus Effect

    Chill Factor-5 - The Venus Effect

    Chill Factor-5

    Album title: The Venus Effect
    Record Label: Electronfarm Records
    Rating: 9

    A contemporary musical hybrid helmed by world traveling, Grammy nominated multi instrumentalist Maurice Oliver. This treasure trove of chilled smooth electronica flirts adventurously with numerous musical combinations from the jazz, hip hop, pop, funk, soul and world beat realms.

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    Darkest Hour - Eternal Return

    Darkest Hour - Eternal Return

    Darkest Hour

    Album title: Eternal Return
    Record Label: Victory Records
    Rating: 7

    Rolling and thundering melodic metal with a fair amount of technical wizardry ta boot! Born in the mid 90s, the band was among the first to combine their American hardcore/punk fury with the Swedish death metal sound and is the lineage that still propels their music.

    (2701) Page Views

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    Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam - Coming Up For Air

    Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam - Coming Up For Air

    Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam

    Album title: Coming Up For Air
    Record Label: Blix Street Records
    Rating: 9

    Possessing all the trappings of “The Next Big Thing” including a big name producer (Peter Frampton), slots at a load of summer festivals, and a substantial amount of raw talent, this 22 year old British blues pop guitarist from the Isle of Man is on the fast track to achieving his goal.

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    Dope Stars Inc - 21st Century Slave

    Dope Stars Inc - 21st Century Slave

    Dope Stars Inc

    Album title: 21st Century Slave
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 9

    Integrating the enthusiasm and darker electronica imagery of the cyberpunk movement with their overt fascination of vampires while lyrically railing against societies evils and hidden agendas in an anthemic fashion bodes well for this industrious industrial metal force.

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    glassGhosts - Nevereverything

    glassGhosts - Nevereverything

    glassGhosts

    Album title: Nevereverything
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 7

    Disenchanted gothic electronica from Madison with flowing female vocals and occasional violin passages over a jittering harsh and unforgiving industrial backdrop. Disturbing throbbings in the lower registers propel the angst filled musical forms into a tumultuous fruition.

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    Heatbox - System

    Heatbox - System

    Heatbox

    Album title: System
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 10

    This amazing vocal juke box is feeling his stride on this incredibly catchy and entertaining release. A strong nod to barbershop stylings create a river of harmonies for this one man soul, hip hop and funk band to riff off of. Live he samples each phrase, loops it and repeats until complete. The classics that this contemporary harmonic hero brings our way include “Pizza Funk” and “I Need A Jack and Coke.” As a bonus the disc also contains the game Heatbox completely created “Ninja Strike.”

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    Vinnie Moore - To The Core

    Vinnie Moore - To The Core

    Vinnie Moore

    Album title: To The Core
    Record Label: RED Distribution
    Rating: 8

    Well versed and well seasoned instrumental guitar rock from a musical virtuoso who has been ‘moonlighting’ as guitarist for the legendary band UFO since 2003! While this album may not shred as metal as his 1986 release, it banters a grace and maturity with the technicality and structure that exemplify him as a leader in this field.

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    Ozric Tentacles - Yum Yum Tree

    Ozric Tentacles - Yum Yum Tree

    Ozric Tentacles

    Album title: Yum Yum Tree
    Record Label: Snapper Music
    Rating: 9

    Certain aspects and members of this band may have changed over the 25+ years of its existence, but their music and trademark sound has never gotten any less psychedelic or enthralling. Founding and final original member Ed Wynne has recently move to the US with his wife and son (who are part of the live lineup) so we will be seeing much more from them!

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    Stratovarius - Polaris

    Stratovarius - Polaris

    Stratovarius

    Album title: Polaris
    Record Label: Armoury Records
    Rating: 8

    This first outing after the departure of former bandmaster Timo Tolkki finds this Finnish melodic power metal group revisioned and situated to continue their formidable musical legacy for many more years to come.

    (2900) Page Views

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    Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club

    Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club

    Street Sweeper Social Club

    Album title: Street Sweeper Social Club
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 10

    Visionary guitarist Tom Morello has successfully joined forces with Boots Riley in an effort quite reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine, but not quite as whiney. Heavy grooves with even heavier breakdowns propel the anthems and agendas announced by the witty hip hoppin’ lyrics.

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    Vieux Farka Touré  - Fondo

    Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo

    Vieux Farka Touré

    Album title: Fondo
    Record Label: Six Degrees Records
    Rating: 9

    Standing firmly on his own merits, this son of legendary Malian bluesman Ali Farka Toure leads his musical charge with a graceful, majestic grandeur. The ancient and contemporary African instrumentation and rhythms fill a broader vision as well as purpose with all but one of these modern classics penned by Vieux himself.

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