Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Hard Rock
Straight Line Stitch - When Skies Wash Ashore

Straight Line Stitch - When Skies Wash Ashore

Straight Line Stitch
When Skies Wash Ashore
Label: Koch Entertainment

Taking the sound of today’s popular aggressive metal-core, attaching a bit of their own style, then adding the intense and dynamic female vocals of Alexis Brown has propelled this band to lofty new heights.

Straight Line Stitch Website

 - Drown Out The Daylights

- Drown Out The Daylights


Drown Out The Daylights
Label: Crustacean Records

Highlighting the cream of their musical crop, Crustacean Records (Wisconsin’s most prolific and longest lasting punk/indie label) provides us with a double DVD visual vanguard for 10 of their most amazing performers. Over 2 ½ hours long with tons of extras.

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Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper

Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper

Uriah Heep
Wake The Sleeper
Label: Sanctuary Records

Updating but not abandoning their classic 80s synth rock approach, this release shows the band as strong and musically alluring as ever.

Uriah Heep WebsiteUriah Heep 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!

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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.

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Casanatra - Death Ride

Casanatra - Death Ride

Casanatra
Death Ride
Label: Blue Worm Records

Two guitars and a drummer from St. Paul blasting out plush, post-grunge, groovy hard rock complimented with multiple melodic vocals and warm fuzzy tones. This band sounds better all the time!

Casanatra Website

Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

Sugar Red Drive
Sugar Red Drive
Label: Self Released

As this young band heartily strives to dip into the commercial hard rock pop mélange, they have fashioning a non descript sound featuring post Seattle style vocal crooning and an unimpressive set of sappy rhythms and grooves that get gummed up with overproduction and lack of originality. Sugar overdose?

Sugar Red Drive Website

Burn Sand Burn - Not In Reverse

Burn Sand Burn - Not In Reverse

Burn Sand Burn
Not In Reverse
Label: Gary the “Landlord” Records

This 3 piece spawn of Denver, CO gleefully cranks out spunky punk/post punk utterances that twirl tales of melodic indie pop platitudes into a vision of an energetic now.


Cycle Of Pain - Cycle Of Pain

Cycle Of Pain - Cycle Of Pain

Cycle Of Pain
Cycle Of Pain
Label: Reform Records

Black Label Society bassist exhibits his latest exploits that fall not far from the tree. Sludgy, grungy metal admittedly grown from the Black Sabbath side of heavy music but also reminding me of Soundgarden at times. Too many musical cameos to mention.


Black Water Rising - Black Water Rising

Black Water Rising - Black Water Rising

Black Water Rising
Black Water Rising
Label: Capital T Productions

These former members of Dust to Dust, Boiler Room, and Stereomud have banded together and produced an appealing determined and cohesive hard rock entry filled with mega fuzz and compelling angst anthems of difficult situations.

Black Water Rising Website

Queensryche - American Soldier

Queensryche - American Soldier

Queensryche
American Soldier
Label: Rhino Records

Harsh and haunting perspectives of war are discussed, reviewed and examined in the somber gothic progressive metal style that they are known for. As thoughtful and powerful as this release is, I find the most memorable moments also being the most chilling and depressing.

Queensryche WebsiteQueensryche Wiki

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