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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Hard Rock
    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

    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.

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    Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club

    Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club

    Street Sweeper Social Club
    Street Sweeper Social Club
    Label: Self Released

    Visionary guitarist Tom Morello has successfully joined forces with Boots Riley in an effort quite reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine, but not quite as whiney. Heavy grooves with even heavier breakdowns propel the anthems and agendas announced by the witty hip hoppin’ lyrics.

    Street Sweeper Social Club WebsiteStreet Sweeper Social Club Wiki

    Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

    Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

    Mile Marker Zero
    Mile Marker Zero
    Label: Self Released

    Spinning impressive progressive rock adventures is undeniably the calling for this Connecticut quintet. An eclectic epic soundstream is forged around the lyrics that enjoy the dichotomy of life’s many lessons while thriving on the energy of the experience.

    Mile Marker Zero Website

    The Upper Crust - Revenge For Imagined Slights

    The Upper Crust - Revenge For Imagined Slights

    The Upper Crust
    Revenge For Imagined Slights
    Label: Camp Street Records

    Hard rock performance artists utilizing the mighty power of parody in conjunction with their stage attire of powdered wigs and regal 18th century wardrobe produces humorous results.  Available only as a digital download.

    The Upper Crust WebsiteThe Upper Crust Wiki

    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray
    To The Metal!
    Label: Earmusic

    Seeking to bridge the gap between past and present, these classic German speed metal minstrels deliver their 10th studio album in 21 years. Although the album manages to occasionally get me in the groove and will certainly please their fans, it simply doesn’t express anything that I haven’t heard numerous times before.

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