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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Hard Rock
    16 Volt - American Porn Songs

    16 Volt - American Porn Songs

    16 Volt
    American Porn Songs
    Label: Metropolis Records

    18 tracks of morphed, molded and renewed tonal treats packed with a revisioned glow by legendary industrial performers and winners of the 2009 American Porn Songs Remix Contest. Highly satisfactory auditory results that work on the dance floor as well as just thrashing about in your room.

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    Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

    Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

    Danzig
    Deth Red Sabaoth
    Label: Evilive Records

    After the last few lackluster releases we finally have a return to form for the mighty Danzig! Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) once again provides the eerie screaming guitars and John Kelly (Type O Negative) throws down on the double bass drums. The songs are dark, brooding and anthemic with Danzig’s powerful voice unmistakable as the enigmatically appealing ringleader.

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    Magnifico - Magnification

    Magnifico - Magnification

    Magnifico
    Magnification
    Label: Piranha

    Provocative, controversial, infectious and flamboyant, this funky pan Euro/Balkan rock delivers chart topping material at home in the former Yugoslavia and Italy, but this is his first global exposure. Magnifico is Robert Peut and he is one suave’ musician from Slovenia slinging memorable sultry and significant rhythmic infections of delight.

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    Formosa Triangle - Formosa Triangle

    Formosa Triangle - Formosa Triangle

    Formosa Triangle
    Formosa Triangle
    Label:

    They may have taken their name from an area located about 100 miles south of Tokyo, Japan, which has had mysterious ship losses, but the tight and heavy groove-metal that flourishes in the continuum established between the two lone members of this Chicago powerhouse may propel them further than the Pacific Ocean.

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    Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

    Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

    Titans Eve
    The Divine Equal
    Label:

    I love thrash metal as much as anyone, but this throwback thrash quartet brings back all the things I don’t love about the music. Starting with the poor cover art, it continues with the cheesy logo and predictable song names. This group has cookie cutter repeat written all over them. I’m sure they worked hard on this, but to no avail, as I have seen and heard this hundreds and hundreds of times before.

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    Danko Jones - Below The Belt

    Danko Jones - Below The Belt

    Danko Jones
    Below The Belt
    Label: Bad Taste Records

    Smack-ass Canadian hard rock with attitude, intensity, and great grooves. This well tested trio knows how to chew up the traumatic lessons of life and love that our existence hands out to us. Learn and grow from past problems and percolate them into great musical lessons for us all to learn from. Hold on, this one doesn’t stop.

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    Phutureprimitive - Kinetik

    Phutureprimitive - Kinetik

    Phutureprimitive
    Kinetik
    Label: Native Harmonix

    Phutureprimitive is the moniker of producer/song writer Rain who utilizes hypnotic grooves and lush bass heavy textures to provide listeners with dense and detailed electronic compositions. One of my first ‘finds’ on Bandcamp, but one with a huge future thanks to scoring the opening slot for part of Shpongle’s summer Stateside tour. Appearing May 10 at the Majestic Theater in Madison.

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    Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

    Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

    Freak Kitchen
    Land of the Freaks
    Label: The Laser's Edge

    Touted as ‘Europe’s best musical secret’ due to limited distribution, Freak Kitchen has just had their back-catalog released and this one from 2009 is the first in line. The progressive power trio consists of three renowned virtuoso musicians - Mattias “IA” Eklundh (guitar/vocals), Christer Ortefors (bass), and Bjorn Fryklund (drums). When these hard-working musicians are not performing in a band, they are out teaching clinics. The music contains creative progressive rock elements with a healthy dose of Frank Zappa influenced humor plus musical shenanigans and acrobatics galore.

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    Prong - Carved Into Stone

    Prong - Carved Into Stone

    Prong
    Carved Into Stone
    Label: Long Branch Records

    When bands create seminal music in a given genre, what do they do in the years and releases that follow? Prong guitarist Tommy Victor took time off to play with Danzig and Ministry before revisiting his roots and getting revitalized enough to assemble and pen a contemporary sonic barrage under his old moniker that is ready to flood your senses with signature riffs and aggressive themes. The Prong sound is back and ready to exceed the neck- and finger-snapping experiences of the past.

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    Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

    Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

    Morbid Saint
    Spectrum of Death
    Label: Relapse Records

    Wisconsin grown - gurgling, growling, gnarly thrash metal with ridiculous and blistering solos plus breakneck rhythms a la early Slayer, which is appropriate for this 1988 thrash vinyl reissue. Although production values weren’t what they are now, the spirit, energy and vitality of the time soars through every note!

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    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Baroness
    Yellow & Green
    Label: Relapse Records

    This release has all the trappings of being a landmark, breakthrough album. It debuted at #30 on Billboard’s top 200 and sold over 12,500 records in its first week, making it the highest debut in Relapse Records history. Baroness really show off their vocal prowess and musical composition skills, here. Each song is masterfully crafted to compliment their progressive hard and heavy rock innovations. Bravo!

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    Lacrimosa - Revolution

    Lacrimosa - Revolution

    Lacrimosa
    Revolution
    Label: End of the Light Records

    These pioneers of German Symphonic-Metal return for their 11th studio album filled with trademark German lyrics, dramatic atmospheric passages interrupted by terse industrial gothic beats, all crossed by orchestras, choirs and a stellar guest lineup. Since their inception in 1990, they have toured the world, worked with the world famous London Symphony Orchesta, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and have topped the charts in over 25 countries worldwide. Bravo! 

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