Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

Sequoia Groove Presents
Angels Voices
Label: Sequoia Records

Compiled by Yogafit founder Beth Shaw and mixed by the Gordon Brothers, this compilation focuses on female voices and consists of remixes of about 5 different bands. Blissful but limited.

Sequoia Groove Presents Website

Six And Violence - Bastards of the Universe

Six And Violence - Bastards of the Universe

Six And Violence
Bastards of the Universe
Label: Dignified Bastards

A double disc complete discography of the band’s twenty year existence. These 58 songs are rife with great old school NYC hardcore punk riffs, attitude and humor.

Six And Violence Wiki

Jamshied Sharifi - One

Jamshied Sharifi - One

Jamshied Sharifi
One
Label: Ceres Records

Ambient world atmospheres blend into trance imaginations as this release conscientiously crosses paradoxical global musical boundaries. This prolific and award winning multi instrumentalist and composer utilizes a smorgasbord of high profile guest musicians to become “One.’

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Sahg - Sahg II

Sahg - Sahg II

Sahg
Sahg II
Label: Regain Records

Norwegian doom/stoner metal supergroup as powerful and ferocious as any on the scene today. Crushing Sabbath inspired riffs lilt and cajole the listener into a sagacious platitude of supernal flux and dither.

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Genji Siraisi - Surviving Freedom: Uncensored Remixes & Naughty Bits

Genji Siraisi - Surviving Freedom: Uncensored Remixes & Naughty Bits

Genji Siraisi
Surviving Freedom: Uncensored Remixes & Naughty Bits
Label: Expansion Team Records

These 7 Tracks of subtle and unassuming electronica with a smooth flow and quirky backbone are revamps taken from this Groove Collective drummer’s prior “Censorshit” release. Interesting and entertaining.


Schoolyard Heroes - Abominations

Schoolyard Heroes - Abominations

Schoolyard Heroes
Abominations
Label: Stolen Transmission

Pummeling soliloquies of the disturbed that are frayed at the ends and don’t meet the musical quota of most genres. Often rebuking like a caged creature, the female vocals pry at the listeners sanity while questioning the paradigms of societal structure and norms.

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Stealin Strings - Waves

Stealin Strings - Waves

Stealin Strings
Waves
Label: Hot Dog Records

With a new bassist under their belt, these rising rockin’ bluegrass pompadours are once again making their way through the festival circuit this summer. They were the only band I noticed at Bella Sol that was given the opportunity due to their versatility, depth of sound and song content to play a set on the main stage plus an acoustic set on the tent stage.

Stealin Strings Website

Scifi - Scifi

Scifi - Scifi

Scifi
Scifi
Label: Coma Gun Music

Spaced out, mostly non-vocal jam rock that finds footholds in the jazz, funk, soul and techno world. At times the floaty jazzy grooves have whisked me off to a distant planet of fuzz, love and murmur. Delightful!

Scifi Website

Straight Line Stitch - When Skies Wash Ashore

Straight Line Stitch - When Skies Wash Ashore

Straight Line Stitch
When Skies Wash Ashore
Label: Koch Entertainment

Taking the sound of today’s popular aggressive metal-core, attaching a bit of their own style, then adding the intense and dynamic female vocals of Alexis Brown has propelled this band to lofty new heights.

Straight Line Stitch Website

Showdown - Back Breaker

Showdown - Back Breaker

Showdown
Back Breaker
Label: Solid State Records

The 3rd time is the charm for this thrash/power/death metal group; their best yet! Utilizing powerful Greek myths as the lyrical basis for the songs provides an interesting and powerful tapestry of material to tap into. Good grooves and aural diversity.

The Showdown Wiki

Siebenburgen - Revelation VI

Siebenburgen - Revelation VI

Siebenburgen
Revelation VI
Label: Blistering Records

Impending gothic doom gives way as a firestorm of melodic black metal is unleashed upon the listener. The vocals are more growled and gritty than screamed and there are nice female vocal flourishes. Even though it is well done, evokes sinister ambience, etc. black metal has become kinda stale at this point.

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Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

Sugar Red Drive
Sugar Red Drive
Label: Self Released

As this young band heartily strives to dip into the commercial hard rock pop mélange, they have fashioning a non descript sound featuring post Seattle style vocal crooning and an unimpressive set of sappy rhythms and grooves that get gummed up with overproduction and lack of originality. Sugar overdose?

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