Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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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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Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack
Label: Interscope Records

Bringing Bollywood rhythms fused with hip hop beats to the minds of millions, this Oscar winning soundtrack weaves an intricate intertwining tale of suspense and drama. Spanning a splendid musical spectrum these tracks take the listener on an exotic experience as varied and exciting as the movie itself.

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Billy Sheehan - Holy Cow

Billy Sheehan - Holy Cow

Billy Sheehan
Holy Cow
Label: Mascot Records

Legendary bass player Sheehan shoots this solo load in a predictable direction. Featuring several prominent guest musicians, this release is competent, catchy and progressive within the bass-centric structure.

 

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Stratovarius - Polaris

Stratovarius - Polaris

Stratovarius
Polaris
Label: Armoury Records

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.

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Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club

Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club

Street Sweeper Social Club
Street Sweeper Social Club
Label: Self Released

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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Shadows Fall - Retribution

Shadows Fall - Retribution

Shadows Fall
Retribution
Label: Ferret Music

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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Something To Burn - Transitions

Something To Burn - Transitions

Something To Burn
Transitions
Label: Softdrive Records

Powerful and dynamic hard rock with strong choruses and inescapable commercial appeal. Dynamically designed but mostly over polished to the point of sterility. Softdrive Records was founded by Scott Weiland so unsurprisingly they’re touring with Stone Temple Pilots this fall.

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Slavic Soul Party - Taketron

Slavic Soul Party - Taketron

Slavic Soul Party
Taketron
Label: Barbes Records

Meet the horny side of New York’s Balkan musical revolution which also includes Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box. Brandishing a barrage of briskly driven Balkan rhythms the songs are funneled through their impressive 9 piece horn section formulating highly danceable jazz, funk and folk exercises.

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Suit Of Lights - Bacteria

Suit Of Lights - Bacteria

Suit Of Lights
Bacteria
Label: Visiting Hours Music

I don’t get this. Good quality (well paid?) musicians (including Trevor Dunn) playing the most flaccid, poorly produced alt-pop crap you can imagine. As a bonus, the album cover is forgettable, blaze and unreadable. Wow does this suck!

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Robert Soko - BalkanBeats

Robert Soko - BalkanBeats

Robert Soko
BalkanBeats
Label: Piranha Music

Encapsulating the energy, excitement and amazing confluence of various Balkan dance grooves that erupt once a month at club Lido in Berlin thanks to this renowned DJ. A trailblazer since the early 90s, Soko hosts this international dance party friendly to both his fellow Balkan expatriates as well as the vibrant Berlin club crowds. Current and contagious!

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SambaDá - Gente!

SambaDá - Gente!

SambaDá
Gente!
Label: Self Released

Brandishing a percussive Afro-Brazilian music palette this 7 member Santa Cruz, CA spawned pulse pounding sensation emerged from a Brazilian dance group and has transformed into a wild and engrossing groove stomping treat. Further energized with musical elements of surf rock, funk, reggae and a variety of other tropical rhythms allows for the sweet interplay between the male and female vocalists to swing this party into epic form.

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