Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Chip Raman - Edge Of A Song

Chip Raman - Edge Of A Song

Chip Raman
Edge Of A Song
Label: Rosebud Records

This talented singer/songwriter has packaged art, heart and musical revelry into one cohesive package bearing his name and providing a nice platform for spreading his thought provoking, easy going compositions.

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Imperia - Queen of Light

Imperia - Queen of Light

Imperia
Queen of Light
Label: Locomotive Records

Orchestral bombastics are common place for this atmospheric, melodic, gothic tinged metal outfit. Led vocally by the beautiful and very capable Helena Iren Michaelsen (ex-Trail of Tears) the compositions posture from an aggressive yet progressive viewpoint that is as effective as it is entrancing.

Imperia WebsiteImperia Wiki

Dreamscape - 5th Season

Dreamscape - 5th Season

Dreamscape
5th Season
Label: Locomotive Records

Progressive metal from Munich, Germany portrayed with theatrics and grandeur. The male vocals are sung with just the right finesse between intense and emotive plus the headbanging grooves are parted with a friendly amount of atmospheric interludes.

Dreamscape WebsiteDreamscape Wiki

Egypt Central - Egypt Central (self titled)

Egypt Central - Egypt Central (self titled)

Egypt Central
Egypt Central (self titled)
Label: Fat Lady Music

Originating from Memphis, TN (not Egypt) this highly emotive, overly pimped and polished nu-ish metal is undeniably very hard rock radio friendly, but they appear to have sacrificed their integrity and sold their musical souls to get there. Yawn!

Egypt Central WebsiteEgypt Central Wiki

Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

Farmer's Market
Surfin’ USSR
Label: Ipecac Recordings

Improbable permutations of traditional Bulgarian melodies along with jazz, folk, and rock that have been percolated to oblique perfection. The songs often lead with uptempo folk rhythms that are broken with soundtrack-ish ambiance and other delightful distractions.

Farmer's Market WebsiteFarmer's Market Wiki

ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

ID Guinness
Cure For The Common Crush
Label: Guinness Records

A creative Canadian dripping on the goss of Bowie and Pink Floyd via his anthemic psychedelic rock platitudes with ambient quagmires and juxtapositions of frilly frivolity ultimately producing sustained excitement.

ID Guinness Website

Ryan Montbleau band - Patience on Friday

Ryan Montbleau band - Patience on Friday

Ryan Montbleau band
Patience on Friday
Label: Self Released

This album, a tribute to the band’s good friend and backup drummer Denis Babin who died in 2006, shows off a zippy, zesty, robust and charismatic singer/songwriter with his band strutting a stoic resonance with a sturdy stance.

Ryan Montbleau band WebsiteRyan Montbleau band Wiki

Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

Dub Trio
Another Sound Is Dying
Label: Ipecac Recordings

Swirling metal, reggae, dub, jazz and a sphincter load of talent together with unscrupulous sounds in an elevator shaft of musical potential that also swings the fulcrum of nefarious fanaticism to produce outlandish yet cohesive results in a Melvins kinda way.

Dub Trio WebsiteDub Trio Wiki

Kick To Tha Head - As We Think So We Are

Kick To Tha Head - As We Think So We Are

Kick To Tha Head
As We Think So We Are
Label: Turkey Vulture Records

Spurting raw punk rhythms coalesced by hardcore attitude, these short yet intense and guttural emanations examine pain and aggression via a curmudgeonous introversion of fantastic frivolity.


Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

Mannhai
Hellroad Caravan
Label: Locomotive Spain Records

Heavy groove rockers from Finland with ex-Amorphis front man Pasi Koskinen handling the vocal crooning and cajoling. Their stoner rhythms have a tendency of headbanging their way into my heart and CD player.

Mannhai WebsiteMannhai Wiki

No Redeeming Social Value - Still Drinking

No Redeeming Social Value - Still Drinking

No Redeeming Social Value
Still Drinking
Label: Dead City Records

Determined to live up to their name, these unabashedly confrontational and alcoholic fueled New York Hardcore addicts hammer home a gaggle of humorously juvenile songs, with titles and concepts to frame their unredeemable status.

No Redeeming Social Value Website

Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season

Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season

Vanishing Point
The Fourth Season
Label: Locomotive Records

Australian born melodic metal with synth and actual singing. Hints of goth and a mixture of progressive and power metal elements manage to magnificently funnel the guitar riffs into a formidable force that has been seen around the globe.

Vanishing Point WebsiteVanishing Point Wiki

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