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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    Omar Akram - Secret Journey

    Omar Akram - Secret Journey

    Omar Akram
    Secret Journey
    Label: Real Music

    This son of a UN diplomat brings us an infusion of world flecked jazz instrumentals set in melodic new age atmospheres. Piano is the dominant but not overpowering motivator here, complimented by violin, guitar, drums and keyboard.

    Omar Akram WebsiteOmar Akram Wiki

    ASG - Win Us Over

    ASG - Win Us Over

    ASG
    Win Us Over
    Label: Volcom Entertainment

    Friends of the surf/skate/snowboard scene, ASG dishes out heavy melodic rock with lots of stoner/psychedelic/alcoholic influences.  A perfect compliment to your adrenalin fueled experiences!

    ASG WebsiteASG Wiki

    Ascension Of The Watchers - Numinosum

    Ascension Of The Watchers - Numinosum

    Ascension Of The Watchers
    Numinosum
    Label: 13th Planet Records

    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.

    Ascension Of The Watchers WebsiteAscension Of The Watchers Wiki

    After All - This Violent Decline

    After All - This Violent Decline

    After All
    This Violent Decline
    Label: Locomotive Records

    Sturdy, powerful, galloping, and thrash-attacking guitar riffs propel this head banging Belgium juggernaut. The vocals are gruff, but understandable and quite appropriate, for the power metal they purvey.

    After All Website

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague
    Heart Attack
    Label: Feedback Symphony Records

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

    The American Plague Website

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution
    Rise
    Label: Koch Entertainment

    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.

    Anew Revolution WebsiteAnew Revolution Wiki

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul
    Kiss of the Thorn
    Label: Eyes Like Snow/Northern Silence Records

    Operatic and progressive old-school gothic metal (ala Priest, King Diamond, Shadow’s Fall) from Milwaukee but signed to a German Label. Shadowy doom protruding from a festering pool of abstract progressions.

    A Tortured Soul Website

    Abney Park - Lost Horizons

    Abney Park - Lost Horizons

    Abney Park
    Lost Horizons
    Label: Self Released

    Forerunners of the oncoming “Steampunk Artistic Movement,” this Seattle outfit takes flight with a story of roving time travelers and airship pirates while gallivanting through and amalgamating the most admirable traits of a variety of genres including gothic, gypsy rock, punk, industrial, and electronica. Eclectic, elegant and unique.

    Abney Park WebsiteAbney Park Wiki

    Apocalyptica - Worlds Collide

    Apocalyptica - Worlds Collide

    Apocalyptica
    Worlds Collide
    Label: 20 20/ Jive Records

    Cellos and heavy metal may be an unlikely combination, but these fine Finnish folks have successfully been kicking out variants on their theme over the years. With several guest vocalists and a couple radio ready singles, this release is a smoking’ mix of their symphonic metal and thrashin’ ragers.

    Apocalyptica WebsiteApocalyptica Wiki

    Asylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz?

    Asylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz?

    Asylum Street Spankers
    What? And Give Up Show Biz?
    Label: Yellow Dog Records

    The Spankers put on a humorous and entertaining show to be sure and this 2 disc set nicely displays the many facets of this extremely versatile band. Their classics are interspersed with stage banter and stories that round out the live show atmosphere.

    The Asylum Street Spankers WebsiteThe Asylum Street Spankers Wiki

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah
    Fragile Equality
    Label: Blistering Records

    Well flavored and maturely tempered power metal featuring former Angra members. Robust guitar solos are intertwined with pulsating rhythms and urgent vocals justifying the quality and caliber of this melodic power metal fury.

    Almah WebsiteAlmah Wiki

    Amorphis - Skyforger

    Amorphis - Skyforger

    Amorphis
    Skyforger
    Label: Nuclear Blast Records

    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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