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  • 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.’

    Jamshied Sharifi WebsiteJamshied Sharifi Wiki

    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.

    Sahg WebsiteSahg Wiki

    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.

    Schoolyard Heroes WebsiteSchoolyard Heroes Wiki

    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

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