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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm
    Harmonic
    Label: Ipecac Records

    Behold, another side project from legend/drummer extraordinaire, Dave Lombardo.  Although not even remotely as fever pitched as his Slayer days, this is still heavy and his beats are amazing. Overall, this release works best in the noteworthy experimental atmospheric interludes, but resides too often in forgettable post-hardcore or post-apocalyptic delirium. Thankfully, this release has multiple dynamic options. 

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    Magnum - On The 13th Day

    Magnum - On The 13th Day

    Magnum
    On The 13th Day
    Label: SPV/Steamhammer

    This isn’t a ride into virgin territory. In fact, after 34 years and 17 studio albums, this Birmingham-based melodic hard rock band is continuing to build their long lasting and impressive legacy. That said, this is a solid, highly listenable addition to their history and manages to largely avoid falling into the corny kitsch trap. 

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    Norska - Norska

    Norska - Norska

    Norska
    Norska
    Label: Brutal Panda Records

    Tuned-down doom metal must be so fun to write. Loud, slow, huge, harsh, throbbing, epic, determined riffs and beats compliment the often harsh, but sometimes spacey vocals to produce a low end cacophony of dynamic delights. Contains members of and on tour with YOB this fall.

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    Unwoman - The Fires I Started

    Unwoman - The Fires I Started

    Unwoman
    The Fires I Started
    Label: self

    Erica Mulkey is Unwoman, a popular and prolific San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter that spices up the strings with electronic beats and attitude. With seven self-produced solo albums and six successful Kickstarter campaigns under her belt, she is turning herself into a musical icon thanks to all the fans she accumulates at the steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events that she highlights. 

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    Lacrimosa - Revolution

    Lacrimosa - Revolution

    Lacrimosa
    Revolution
    Label: End of the Light Records

    These pioneers of German Symphonic-Metal return for their 11th studio album filled with trademark German lyrics, dramatic atmospheric passages interrupted by terse industrial gothic beats, all crossed by orchestras, choirs and a stellar guest lineup. Since their inception in 1990, they have toured the world, worked with the world famous London Symphony Orchesta, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and have topped the charts in over 25 countries worldwide. Bravo! 

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    Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine

    Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine

    Seven Kingdoms
    The Fire Is Mine
    Label: Nightmare / Sony / RED

    Furious melodic progressive thrash metal with epic choirs is the order of the day for the third release from this Florida group. Led by the amazing female vocals of Sabrina Valentine and recorded at Morrisound Studios by legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, etc) this release has the backbone to explode onto the metal scene and do some serious damage. 

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    Tusmørke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

    Tusmørke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

    Tusmørke
    Underjordisk Tusmørke
    Label: Termo Records

    Immediate flashbacks to early Jethro Tull flooded my senses on first listen, only to give way to other obvious influences from Gong, Can, Caravan, etc. While their name means twilight in Norwegian, their retro prog-psych music is twisted with a dark dose of Nordic folk and folk magic while being played out in atmospheric analog format thanks to the antique equipment that was used for its making.

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    Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Therion
    Les Fleurs Du Mal
    Label: End Of The Light

    Over-the-top orchestral metal has never sounded so good! Formed in the late 80s as a death metal band, this Swedish outfit has survived a bevy of member changes to produce this opus of intense and well-executed orchestral metal of the highest order, and once again redefining the genre. Bravo!

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    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch
    Earth Rocker
    Label: Weathermaker Music

    Ten albums in, and they are still hot as fuck! Self-admittedly wrought with more forethought, focus, and polish than some of their prior releases, Earth Rocker will knock your socks off. Their hard-rockin’ antics and usual sardonic lyrics have never sounded better.

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    Suicidal Tendencies - Thirteen (13)

    Suicidal Tendencies - Thirteen (13)

    Suicidal Tendencies
    Thirteen (13)
    Label: Suicidal Records

    Wow! Mike Muir is still making music! After a 13 year haitus, ST comes back with a heavy-hitting album filled with what they are known for: blistering. thrashing punk with some great funky interludes filled with the irascible wit and wisdom of Mike Muir. 

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    Beefus - The Itching Below

    Beefus - The Itching Below

    Beefus
    The Itching Below
    Label: Ys Records

    Madison’s musical mad scientists are back with more fractured, nonlinear globular grooves fitted with fantastic farcical lyrics and warbled vocals. Disturbed, depraved, and outrageous musical experiments of the most uncouth kind. And at all times, watch out for that itch.. 

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    ASG - Blood Drive

    ASG - Blood Drive

    ASG
    Blood Drive
    Label: Relapse

    Somewhere between the vocality and alt pop of Jane’s Addiction and the infectious sludge metal of Baroness is where ASG (Amplification of Self Gratification) find their strongest footings. This mega-riffing North Carolina crew knows how to pour on the body-waving grooves and mate them with melodic vocals to scorch your lobes.

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