Eclectic Vibes - August 2009

by Andrew Frey

The Big Wu

The Big Wu

The whirlwind of entertainment and activities that July presented has come to completion leaving in its wake the yawning festival spawn of August. From Summerfest to Big Wu Family Reunion to 10KLF along with MANY other options, the 7th month was rife with opportunities to experience music and music related activities on numerous levels. If you missed out, you missed out!

My month was highlighted by great performances from the guitar sensations Rodrigo y Gabriela at an otherwise lackluster day of music at Summerfest; Antioquia and the vocal phenomenon Heatbox at the poorly attended Big Wu Family Reunion at Harmony Park in MN plus a stunning Wookiefoot performance and surprising Dave Matthews Band show at the intense 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, MN.


MICRO REVIEWS:
This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 - Flaccid to 10 - Rigid

Arkaea - Years In The Darkness

Arkaea - Years In The Darkness

Arkaea

Album title: Years In The Darkness
Record Label: E1 Entertainment
Rating: 5

Terse, intense and vibrant industrialized death metal from Fear Factory alumni Raymond Herrera and Christian Old Wolbers. Although incorporating proven Fear Factory stylings which fans will certainly enjoy overall I find the release safe, repetitive and formulaic.

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Damon Fowler - Sugar Shack

Damon Fowler - Sugar Shack

Damon Fowler

Album title: Sugar Shack
Record Label: Blind Pig Records
Rating: 9

A new face from Brandon, FL that should soon be seen and recognized with classic swampy blues masters like Sonny Landreth, and Luther Allison, etc. Operating with an air of restraint, but fully able to crank it out this is one bluesman who brings the entire package.

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Damon Fowler online:
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Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

Mile Marker Zero

Album title: Mile Marker Zero
Record Label: Self Released
Rating: 9

Spinning impressive progressive rock adventures is undeniably the calling for this Connecticut quintet. An eclectic epic soundstream is forged around the lyrics that enjoy the dichotomy of life’s many lessons while thriving on the energy of the experience.

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Teddy Presberg - Outcries From A Sea Of Red

Teddy Presberg - Outcries From A Sea Of Red

Teddy Presberg

Album title: Outcries From A Sea Of Red
Record Label: Self Released
Rating: 9

Whispering sweet psychedelic nothings through his jazz grooved riffs and soulful guitar funk has opened a vast arena of excitement for the followers of this instrumental bluesman. Responsible for a multitude of repeated plays.

(4011) Page Views

Teddy Presberg online:
Website




Rhythm Devils - The Concert Experience DVD

Rhythm Devils - The Concert Experience DVD

Rhythm Devils

Album title: The Concert Experience DVD
Record Label: RED Distribution
Rating: 9

The ultimate percussion focused jam band experience in a 2 DVD set! This super group founded and led by Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart also features Mike Gordon, Steve Kimock, Jen Durkin, and Sikiru Adepojun. Obligatory psychedelic imagery is woven throughout the entrancing multi instrumental multi sensory experience.

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Shadows Fall - Retribution

Shadows Fall - Retribution

Shadows Fall

Album title: Retribution
Record Label: Ferret Music
Rating: 8

Throwing together aggressive vocals and neck wrecking riffs and rhythms while whipping up a wild and entertaining stage show has been a quite effective formula for this twice Grammy nominated outfit. Now to up the ante, they are introducing their own record label!

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The Upper Crust - Revenge For Imagined Slights

The Upper Crust - Revenge For Imagined Slights

The Upper Crust

Album title: Revenge For Imagined Slights
Record Label: Camp Street Records
Rating: 7

Hard rock performance artists utilizing the mighty power of parody in conjunction with their stage attire of powdered wigs and regal 18th century wardrobe produces humorous results.  Available only as a digital download.

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TYR - By The Light Of The Northern Star

TYR - By The Light Of The Northern Star

TYR

Album title: By The Light Of The Northern Star
Record Label: Napalm/SPV
Rating: 10

Viking Metal by actual Vikings! Named after the God of War and Justice, this inspiring Faroese quartet brings us pagan metal anthems/hymns galore! Their folk metal attack is awakened and filled with vibrant traditional harmonies while telling tales of the Viking struggle against the horrors of Christianity and it’s bloody Crusades that were forced upon them.

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Valina - A tempo! A tempo!

Valina - A tempo! A tempo!

Valina

Album title: A tempo! A tempo!
Record Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
Rating: 7

The technical artsty rock that this Austrian trio purveys sways from booming and brain scratching mega riffs to experimental rock plateaus with indeterminate attitudes. Math rock produced by Chicago’s Steve Albini.

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