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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    Crematory - Pray

    Crematory - Pray

    Crematory
    Pray
    Label: Blistering Records

    These mighty and powerful German gothic doom wizards have conjured another “very now” offering. Blasting a full spectrum of darkened metal including a multi tonal vocal attack plus some electronic elements expounds upon their prior 15 year catalogue of success

    Crematory WebsiteCrematory Wiki

    Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave

    Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave

    Jorn
    Lonely Are The Brave
    Label: Blistering Records

    Built around Norwegian Jorn Lande who is touted as being an extraordinary vocalist. Upon listening however, I was struck by how ordinary and blaze’ the music and most of the vocals are. Surprisingly average overall.

    Jorn WebsiteJorn Wiki

    Judgehydrogen - Cult of Blood

    Judgehydrogen - Cult of Blood

    Judgehydrogen
    Cult of Blood
    Label: Rising Oculus Records

    Hair raising atmospheres gurgling with virulent doom struck metal. This macabre one man project, bred in Middleton, WI, produces primal disturbances in the creep-a-dellic frequency spectrum while profanely exercising a deep gothic vocal pleasure. Seriously dark.

    Judgehydrogen Website

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack) - Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack) - Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack)
    Repo! The Genetic Opera
    Label: Lionsgate

    The plotline may revolve around repossessing body organs in a not too distant future, but with an amazing all-star lineup including Sarah Brightman, Ogre, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino and Clown from Slipknot in leading rolls, this musical squeals of greatness and immediate cult status.

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack) Website

     - Theories of Tension

    - Theories of Tension


    Theories of Tension
    Label: Self Released

    A many faceted award winning Madison based metal outfit that throws down some prog rock, math rock and extreme jazz compositions in an aspiring manner. Somehow the recording is loose/rough/thin in a few areas which diminishes the exuberant talent contained here.

    Website

    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown
    Back Breaker
    Label: Solid State Records

    The 3rd time is the charm for this thrash/power/death metal group; their best yet! Utilizing powerful Greek myths as the lyrical basis for the songs provides an interesting and powerful tapestry of material to tap into. Good grooves and aural diversity.

    The Showdown Wiki

    Exciter - Thrash Speed Burn

    Exciter - Thrash Speed Burn

    Exciter
    Thrash Speed Burn
    Label: Blistering Records

    Refusing to give up or modify their style, these Canadian thrashers have charged up their neck muscles for another go around. Their creative recipe remains mostly unchanged from days gone by: aggressive lyrics taunted by various “evils”  backed with anthemia choruses played over stereotypical thrash grooves.

    Exciter WebsiteExciter Wiki

    Punisher - War Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Punisher - War Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Punisher
    War Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Label: Lionsgate

    Punctuated by the zesty original Rob Zombie movie theme single and supported with noteworthy tracks released before by 13 other popular metal artists including Slayer, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Seether, and Static-X. Hope the movie is as good as the soundtrack!

    The Punisher WebsiteThe Punisher Wiki

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year - We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year - We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year
    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year
    Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

    12 classic holiday tracks respun into riffed up xmas anthems by select metal all stars from bands including Anthrax, Judas Priest, Toto, Styx, Ratt, Dio and Black Sabbath. Something is both heartening and horrible as Lemmy gargles the lyrics to “Run Rudolph Run” and Geoff Tate warbles out “Silver Bells” while Chuck Billy growls a decidedly NOT “Silent Night.”

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year Website

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah
    Fragile Equality
    Label: Blistering Records

    Well flavored and maturely tempered power metal featuring former Angra members. Robust guitar solos are intertwined with pulsating rhythms and urgent vocals justifying the quality and caliber of this melodic power metal fury.

    Almah WebsiteAlmah Wiki

    Faces Of March - Confessions

    Faces Of March - Confessions

    Faces Of March
    Confessions
    Label: Kurfew Records

    Even though this female fronted gothic tinged power metal outfit sways a bit heavy on the commercial side for me, they throw down some catchy tunes, decent ballads and a tight vision of their future. Onward!

    Faces Of March Website

    Pelican - City of Echoes

    Pelican - City of Echoes

    Pelican
    City of Echoes
    Label: Hydra Head

    Chicago born, hard hitting massive expansive rhythm-scapes filled with anxious doom and a crusty chagrin. Not all is lost though, as the musical twists and turns afford some blissful vistas via dynamic plateaus and sonic soliloquies.

    Pelican Wiki

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