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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    Baroness - Blue Record

    Baroness - Blue Record

    Baroness
    Blue Record
    Label: Relapse Records

    Epic heavy riffs pushed by purposeful plodding beats and innocent yet voluminous teasings of the determinate droning disillusionment.  Storming forth from their Savannah home, this engaging engine of dark and entrancing operations is hurtling to a vast new plane of resilience and recognition.

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    Rob Zombie - Halloween II

    Rob Zombie - Halloween II

    Rob Zombie
    Halloween II
    Label: Universal Music

    In case you are unaware, horror specialist Rob Zombie is at the helm of the new Halloween II movie and this is the Soundtrack. We find a mixture of scary movie sound bites, cool classic rock entries and a smattering of new themed songs but not the original theme music.  Rob himself will also be touring this fall coincidentally.

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    Leaves' Eyes - Njord

    Leaves' Eyes - Njord

    Leaves' Eyes
    Njord
    Label: Napalm Records

    Regal and fully manifested gothic operatic metal. The ever entrancing Liv Kristine along with her brethren from the mighty band Atrocity has crafted another musical feast of myth and legend from the Norse land. Orchestrating a new level of fantasy and delight.

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    Testament - Formation of Damnation

    Testament - Formation of Damnation

    Testament
    Formation of Damnation
    Label: Nuclear Blast Records

    Abiding by their time honored thrash metal traditions, this legendary Bay Area group blasts your brain with another healthy dose of neck wrecking classics. Originally released in 2008, now reborn and re-released as a deluxe package including a second 4 song DVD disc.

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    Brian Posehn - Fart and Weiner Jokes

    Brian Posehn - Fart and Weiner Jokes

    Brian Posehn
    Fart and Weiner Jokes
    Label: Relaps Records

    A quirky comedy album covering diverse and morose topics ranging from metal music, video games and low self esteem to porn, pot and much more. He is billed as ‘The Slayer of Comedy” so go ahead and laugh your metal asses off!

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    Vintage Burning - Disturbing The Balance

    Vintage Burning - Disturbing The Balance

    Vintage Burning
    Disturbing The Balance
    Label: dbmusic

    Explosive and intense metal blasting through the musical sediment with serious emotional release. Vocalist ‘Ames’ shows off a nice range of her vocal abilities from growls and screams to soaring and smooth. Overall however, the abundance of lead and backing screamo vocals detracts from the grooves and quickly turns enjoyment into annoyance.

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    Warbeast - Krush The Enemy

    Warbeast - Krush The Enemy

    Warbeast
    Krush The Enemy
    Label: Housecore Records

    Blistering old school thrashing metal delivered at break neck speed and with maximum intensity. I wax nostalgic as I hear vocalist Bruce Corbitt (ex-Rigor Mortis) grate and growl the lyrics as in days long gone by. Produced by label head Philip Anselmo.

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    Bastard Saint - Homewrecker

    Bastard Saint - Homewrecker

    Bastard Saint
    Homewrecker
    Label: Blue Worm Records

    Bludgeoning sludge rock born from the sweaty bars that this Minneapolis outfit has called home for years. Gruff stoner rock vocals are well interred amidst the swampy guitar grooves and heavy spongy rhythms.

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    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray
    To The Metal!
    Label: Earmusic

    Seeking to bridge the gap between past and present, these classic German speed metal minstrels deliver their 10th studio album in 21 years. Although the album manages to occasionally get me in the groove and will certainly please their fans, it simply doesn’t express anything that I haven’t heard numerous times before.

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    Black Tusk - Taste the Sin

    Black Tusk - Taste the Sin

    Black Tusk
    Taste the Sin
    Label: Relapse Records

    Mortar shaking monuments of powerful stoner rock seeping from the Southern swamps that disgorges and invigorates the animal instinct we all keep tucked inside. Savannah, GA has another hot ticket here!

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    Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

    Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

    Danzig
    Deth Red Sabaoth
    Label: Evilive Records

    After the last few lackluster releases we finally have a return to form for the mighty Danzig! Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) once again provides the eerie screaming guitars and John Kelly (Type O Negative) throws down on the double bass drums. The songs are dark, brooding and anthemic with Danzig’s powerful voice unmistakable as the enigmatically appealing ringleader.

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    Lamb of God - Hourglass

    Lamb of God - Hourglass

    Lamb of God
    Hourglass
    Label: Epic Records

    To celebrate 15 years as a band LOG releases this 3 volume package on multiple formats and versions including vinyl and USB drives. Cherry picking the best and favorite of their early years, the Epic years and rare oddball tracks this anniversary release shows off the raw drive and musical ambition that made this band thrive.

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