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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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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.

    Siebenburgen WebsiteSiebenburgen Wiki

    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?

    Sugar Red Drive Website

    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.

    Slumdog Millionaire WebsiteSlumdog Millionaire Wiki

    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.

     

    Billy Sheehan WebsiteBilly Sheehan Wiki

    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.

    Stratovarius WebsiteStratovarius Wiki

    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.

    Street Sweeper Social Club WebsiteStreet Sweeper Social Club Wiki

    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!

    Shadows Fall WebsiteShadows Fall Wiki

    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.

    Something To Burn Website

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