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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Rock
    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm
    Harmonic
    Label: Ipecac Records

    Behold, another side project from legend/drummer extraordinaire, Dave Lombardo.  Although not even remotely as fever pitched as his Slayer days, this is still heavy and his beats are amazing. Overall, this release works best in the noteworthy experimental atmospheric interludes, but resides too often in forgettable post-hardcore or post-apocalyptic delirium. Thankfully, this release has multiple dynamic options. 

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    Magnum - On The 13th Day

    Magnum - On The 13th Day

    Magnum
    On The 13th Day
    Label: SPV/Steamhammer

    This isn’t a ride into virgin territory. In fact, after 34 years and 17 studio albums, this Birmingham-based melodic hard rock band is continuing to build their long lasting and impressive legacy. That said, this is a solid, highly listenable addition to their history and manages to largely avoid falling into the corny kitsch trap. 

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    Hidria Spacefolk - Astronautica

    Hidria Spacefolk - Astronautica

    Hidria Spacefolk
    Astronautica
    Label: Hidria Records

    Psychedelic space rock never sounded so good! Born out of a hippie commune in Finland and taking their cue from Ozric Tentacles, this non vocal Moog-a-delic experience will sweep you off on a stellar journey to dimensions unknown in the wink of a riff. See ya there!

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    Unwoman - The Fires I Started

    Unwoman - The Fires I Started

    Unwoman
    The Fires I Started
    Label: self

    Erica Mulkey is Unwoman, a popular and prolific San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter that spices up the strings with electronic beats and attitude. With seven self-produced solo albums and six successful Kickstarter campaigns under her belt, she is turning herself into a musical icon thanks to all the fans she accumulates at the steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events that she highlights. 

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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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    Lionize - Superczar and the Vulture

    Lionize - Superczar and the Vulture

    Lionize
    Superczar and the Vulture
    Label: Pentimento Music Company

    Great grooves! Very successfully weaving together reggae elements with over-the-top 70s groove-rock, this DC quartet really has evolved into a force to be reckoned with. “It’s definitely the most complete, distinct Lionize record so far,” notes bassist Henry Upton, who established the group in 2004. So there ya go.

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    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
    Meat and Bone
    Label: Mom & Pop Music

    Eight long years have passed since their last studio album, but this legendary lo-fi blues crew has again unleashed a caterwauling cacophony that will storm your eardrums listen after listen. Blending punk, hardcore and rusty rock n roll with biting blues, these 12 cuts fling more energy and groovy rhythms than you may be ready for, but the challenge will be worth the effort.

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    Lotus - Build

    Lotus - Build

    Lotus
    Build
    Label: SCI Fidelity Records

    Sadly, I missed Lotus last month at their Barrymore show. Had I gone I’m sure I would have been treated to selections from Build. Once again they brandish an effortless and ambitious yet extremely danceable prog rock electronica, but are now showing a bolder sophistication that is equally delightful, befitting and welcomed.

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    Tomahawk - Oddfellows

    Tomahawk - Oddfellows

    Tomahawk
    Oddfellows
    Label: Ipecac

    After a 6 year hiatus, I was pleasantly surprised to find out their fourth LP briefly hit the Billboard charts. Not sure if that’s due to it being produced by Black Keys producer Collin Dupuis or from the lineup being more stellar than ever with Trevor Dunn (Fantomas/Melvins) on bass and John Stanier (Helmet/Battles) on drums joining Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) on guitar and the ever phenomenal Mike Patton (too many bands to list) on vocals. The stripped down heavy rock veers to and fro, venturing down dark alleys and introverted assessments, blessed with Patton’s ever morphing and changing vocals while rubbing up against delirious guitar flows and their weirdly urgent thematic repartee. 

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    Zozobra - Savage Masters

    Zozobra - Savage Masters

    Zozobra
    Savage Masters
    Label: Brutal Panda Records

    Boldly embracing their doom-metal roots while finding friction in harsh downtuned sludge-metal quandaries, this Boston trio has scorched a new, dark-magical path of angst and intrigue for all to find solace in or scurry from. 

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    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch
    Earth Rocker
    Label: Weathermaker Music

    Ten albums in, and they are still hot as fuck! Self-admittedly wrought with more forethought, focus, and polish than some of their prior releases, Earth Rocker will knock your socks off. Their hard-rockin’ antics and usual sardonic lyrics have never sounded better.

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    Suicidal Tendencies - Thirteen (13)

    Suicidal Tendencies - Thirteen (13)

    Suicidal Tendencies
    Thirteen (13)
    Label: Suicidal Records

    Wow! Mike Muir is still making music! After a 13 year haitus, ST comes back with a heavy-hitting album filled with what they are known for: blistering. thrashing punk with some great funky interludes filled with the irascible wit and wisdom of Mike Muir. 

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