Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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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

Yellworc - Icolation

Yellworc - Icolation

Yellworc
Icolation
Label: Metropolis Records

Dark and creepy gothic industrial perturbed by prickly electronic tantalizations of unforeseen atmospheres in a realm of unrequited synthetic love and hate. Icolaiton is the conceptual continuation of the infernal “Trinity- journey.”

Yellworc WebsiteYellworc Wiki

After All - This Violent Decline

After All - This Violent Decline

After All
This Violent Decline
Label: Locomotive Records

Sturdy, powerful, galloping, and thrash-attacking guitar riffs propel this head banging Belgium juggernaut. The vocals are gruff, but understandable and quite appropriate, for the power metal they purvey.

After All Website

Bleeder Project - The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity

Bleeder Project - The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity

Bleeder Project
The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity
Label: Toystaar Records

Gabriel Scott is the prolific front man at the helm of this project that focuses on heavy industrial rock and strong early Nine Inch Nails-like angst with pop hooks to it.

The Bleeder Project Website

Bongzilla - Nuggets

Bongzilla - Nuggets

Bongzilla
Nuggets
Label: Barbarian Records

Barbarian records has coughed up some more purple haze-induced sludge muffins in the form of this expanded reissue of singles, splits and comp tracks from Madison’s ultra stoners. Expectantly titled tracks tickle and trickle stoner humor to the consumer.

Bongzilla Wiki

Foetopsy - In The Bathroom

Foetopsy - In The Bathroom

Foetopsy
In The Bathroom
Label: Barbarian Records

Absolutely sick, twisted and spastic grind core. Containing gurgled vocals, repulsive lyrical concepts and a big fat zero in the redeeming social value category. Not for the weak of stomach or mind.


Hermano - Into the Exam Room

Hermano - Into the Exam Room

Hermano
Into the Exam Room
Label: Regain Records

Mega groovy hard rock and acoustic rock congealed from members of several stoner rock outfits and put together over long distances. At the helm is former Kyuss vocalist, John Garcia, guiding this herd to great heights.

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