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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Hard Rock
    London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

    London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

    London After Midnight
    Violent Acts Of Beauty
    Label: Metropolis Records

    This long time gothic band has retooled and reinvigorated their style by adding a substantial electronic element. This change makes for some fertile new musical frontiers and repeated listens.

    London After Midnight WebsiteLondon After Midnight Wiki

    Dread Zeppelin - Bar Coda

    Dread Zeppelin - Bar Coda

    Dread Zeppelin
    Bar Coda
    Label: Cash Cow Productions

    The basic “schtick” here involves an Elvis impersonator vocalist singing Zeppelin (and other) classics reinvigorated to an often reggae beat. This time they inject some Beatles, Bob Marley and other song snippets with their unique flavor as well.

    Dread Zeppelin WebsiteDread Zeppelin Wiki

    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

    Ascension Of The Watchers - Numinosum

    Ascension Of The Watchers - Numinosum

    Ascension Of The Watchers
    Numinosum
    Label: 13th Planet Records

    New brainchild of recently re-inspired vocalist Burton C Bell (Fear Factory, G/Z/R). This stab at emotive spiritually uplifting rock unfortunately comes off bearing a droning, nebulous, implosion of talent and musical fortitude. Not good.

    Ascension Of The Watchers WebsiteAscension Of The Watchers Wiki

    Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

    Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

    Mannhai
    Hellroad Caravan
    Label: Locomotive Spain Records

    Heavy groove rockers from Finland with ex-Amorphis front man Pasi Koskinen handling the vocal crooning and cajoling. Their stoner rhythms have a tendency of headbanging their way into my heart and CD player.

    Mannhai WebsiteMannhai Wiki

    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

    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

    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

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague
    Heart Attack
    Label: Feedback Symphony Records

    Hard driving, hard rocking trio serving up classic catchy heavy rock. Elements of angst and foreboding give way to campy rock.

    The American Plague Website

    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

    Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore

    Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore

    Fear Nuttin Band
    Yardcore
    Label: Bodog Music

    Dual dancehall style vocals utilizing a wide variety of musical genre platforms to riff off of. Most of them are heavier or punkier; some are more reggae, but all have the hippin,’ hoppin’ vocals. Quite catchy stuff!

    Fear Nuttin Band Website

    Beefus - Manpanzee

    Beefus - Manpanzee

    Beefus
    Manpanzee
    Label: Self Released

    This Madison based hurdy-gurdy of frenzied bass and electric banjo funkified rock have evolved to produce clever, witty lyrics with a platitude of poignant samples. Favorable vocal and rhythmic comparisons to Primus are unavoidable.

    Beefus Website

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