Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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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.”

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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.

Hermano WebsiteHermano Wiki

Freighter - s/t

Freighter - s/t

Freighter
s/t
Label: Self Released

A Madison trio that knows how to play with metal structures of the past while injecting a contemporary intensity to them. Progressive a-tonal riffs conjoined with plodding, pummeling or explosive beats while hoisting a flair for noisy experimental fringe offerings treated with harsh angst ridden vocals.

Freighter Website

 - French Horn Rebellion

- French Horn Rebellion


French Horn Rebellion
Label: Self Released

A quirky pop-tronica trio from NYC, but with roots in Milwaukee, WI. The infectious retro bent they shade their compositions with is their trademark and has an immediate off-beat commercial value that serves them well.

Website

Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

Lost Dream
The Lost Dream
Label: Craig Sound Productions

This ambitious self-taught multi-instrumentalist composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced this release. She also played the entire range of instruments. Attempting to reconcile rock’n’roll with ambient atmospheres around a concept of lost hope sounds good in theory, but unfortunately comes off a bit flaccid and overly subdued.


Putumayo Presents - African Party

Putumayo Presents - African Party

Putumayo Presents
African Party
Label: Putumayo World Music

Celebrating Putumayo’s 15th Anniversary with a great compilation that pays tribute to the spirit of the music that inspired the label’s inception. With 20 million CDs sold, Putumayo’s world music party has been a global hit and “African Party” is another to add their list of success.

Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents 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

Jann Klose - Reverie

Jann Klose - Reverie

Jann Klose
Reverie
Label: 3 Frames Music

Framed by his multi-continental global up-bringing (Born in Germany, relocated to Kenya, then South Africa, Ohio and New York), this impressive singer and songwriter displays a wide variety of soulful ballads and emotive light rock ditties culled from a number of recording sessions with a variety of musicians.

Jann Klose WebsiteJann Klose Wiki

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