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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    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

    Mustasch - The Latest Version of the Truth

    Mustasch - The Latest Version of the Truth

    Mustasch
    The Latest Version of the Truth
    Label: Regain Records

    Rip snortin’ hard n’ heavy rock ‘n roll that, at times, reminds me of newer Metallica, but with much more diversity and integrity. These refined rockers have even been nominated for a Swedish Grammy!

    Mustasch WebsiteMustasch Wiki

    Twisterbait - I Spy

    Twisterbait - I Spy

    Twisterbait
    I Spy
    Label: Xacca Sounds

    A tasty tornadic EP of hybrid techno metal. The trio of members has the added technocratic blessing of being produced by Simon Hanson (Death In Vegas) who undoubtedly morphed this into the vision of rhythmic pulchritude that it is.

    Twisterbait Website

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution
    Rise
    Label: Koch Entertainment

    Watered-down, radio-ready bubblegum metal. Oh, it’s so filled with emotions, intensity, blah, blah, blaze. For fans of such mass consumable and radio friendly bands as Staind, Dope, etc.

    Anew Revolution WebsiteAnew Revolution Wiki

    Dead Child - Attack

    Dead Child - Attack

    Dead Child
    Attack
    Label: Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records

    grooves of doom take flight from their terse, rudimentary beginnings and find fertile ground as the tonalities grow darker and more aggressive. Clean bad boy vocals spice the palette.

    Dead Child WebsiteDead Child Wiki

    Immortal Dominion - Awakening

    Immortal Dominion - Awakening

    Immortal Dominion
    Awakening
    Label: Fist Music

    Technologically current, ultra heavy, ultra brutal, well produced death fuckin’ metal!!! A trio of vocal tonalities raises the capabilities and the chaos of this furious and futuristic Colorado outcropping.

    Immortal Dominion WebsiteImmortal Dominion Wiki

    Lion's Share - Emotional Coma

    Lion's Share - Emotional Coma

    Lion's Share
    Emotional Coma
    Label: Locomotive Spain Records

    A masterful selection of whirled classic metal riffs with a thrashing power metal type undertow as directed by band mastermind Lars Chriss. Thanks to the distinctive and awesome Dio era vocals of Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS and WUTHERING HEIGHTS) this album packs a crunchy, satisfying punch!

    Lion's Share Website

    Mortal Love - Forever Will Be Gone

    Mortal Love - Forever Will Be Gone

    Mortal Love
    Forever Will Be Gone
    Label: Locomotive Spain Records

    A Female fronted gothic metal frolic from Oslo, Norway. Dynamic and dramatic gloomy melancholic texturing affront the characteristic moods of time and pace.

    Mortal Love WebsiteMortal Love Wiki

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul
    Kiss of the Thorn
    Label: Eyes Like Snow/Northern Silence Records

    Operatic and progressive old-school gothic metal (ala Priest, King Diamond, Shadow’s Fall) from Milwaukee but signed to a German Label. Shadowy doom protruding from a festering pool of abstract progressions.

    A Tortured Soul Website

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