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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    ASG - Win Us Over

    ASG - Win Us Over

    ASG
    Win Us Over
    Label: Volcom Entertainment

    Friends of the surf/skate/snowboard scene, ASG dishes out heavy melodic rock with lots of stoner/psychedelic/alcoholic influences.  A perfect compliment to your adrenalin fueled experiences!

    ASG WebsiteASG Wiki

    Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

    Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

    Edenbridge
    The Chronicles of Eden
    Label: Locomotive Records

    A 2 disc set featuring 3 new songs, some rarities and bonus tracks on one disc with the other a “best of” compilation voted on by fans worldwide. A great overview of this female fronted Austrian symphonic metal group! For fans of Within Temptation or Nightwish.

    Edenbridge WebsiteEdenbridge Wiki

    Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

    Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

    Meldrum
    Blowin’ Up The Machine
    Label: Locomotive Spain

    By featuring guests Gene Hoglan on drums and Lemmy on some back ups, you get a good idea of what kind of kick ass metal this trio of fired up, ballsy females are gonna whip up.

    Meldrum WebsiteMeldrum Wiki

    3 - The End Is Begun

    3 - The End Is Begun

    3
    The End Is Begun
    Label: Metal Blade Records

    Moody, paradoxical and sophisticated rhythms compliment the succinct and distinct vocals which soar but do not annoy, while utilizing technical prowess to bring broad minded progressive metal to new heights.

    3 Website3 Wiki

    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

    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.


    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

    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

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