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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Rock
    Juicehead - Devil Made Me Do It

    Juicehead - Devil Made Me Do It

    Juicehead
    Devil Made Me Do It
    Label: Misfits Records

    Old school thought provoking punk rock from Chicago with raw raspy guitars, tinny drums, sing along vocals and thrashy hooks that pummel and cajole the listener into a good feelin’ frenzy.


    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

    Six And Violence - Bastards of the Universe

    Six And Violence - Bastards of the Universe

    Six And Violence
    Bastards of the Universe
    Label: Dignified Bastards

    A double disc complete discography of the band’s twenty year existence. These 58 songs are rife with great old school NYC hardcore punk riffs, attitude and humor.

    Six And Violence Wiki

    Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

    Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

    Uz Jsme Doma
    Cod Liver Oil
    Label: Skoda Records

    Quirky, wild and zany jazz rock with a punk attitude. Comparisons to Zappa, Zorn and The Residents are actually appropriate here. This uneasy listening band from Prague sings in Czech and is not for the wimpy at heart.

    Uz Jsme Doma WebsiteUz Jsme Doma 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

    Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

    Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

    Farmer's Market
    Surfin’ USSR
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    Improbable permutations of traditional Bulgarian melodies along with jazz, folk, and rock that have been percolated to oblique perfection. The songs often lead with uptempo folk rhythms that are broken with soundtrack-ish ambiance and other delightful distractions.

    Farmer's Market WebsiteFarmer's Market Wiki

    ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

    ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

    ID Guinness
    Cure For The Common Crush
    Label: Guinness Records

    A creative Canadian dripping on the goss of Bowie and Pink Floyd via his anthemic psychedelic rock platitudes with ambient quagmires and juxtapositions of frilly frivolity ultimately producing sustained excitement.

    ID Guinness Website

    Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

    Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

    Dub Trio
    Another Sound Is Dying
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    Swirling metal, reggae, dub, jazz and a sphincter load of talent together with unscrupulous sounds in an elevator shaft of musical potential that also swings the fulcrum of nefarious fanaticism to produce outlandish yet cohesive results in a Melvins kinda way.

    Dub Trio WebsiteDub Trio 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

    No Redeeming Social Value - Still Drinking

    No Redeeming Social Value - Still Drinking

    No Redeeming Social Value
    Still Drinking
    Label: Dead City Records

    Determined to live up to their name, these unabashedly confrontational and alcoholic fueled New York Hardcore addicts hammer home a gaggle of humorously juvenile songs, with titles and concepts to frame their unredeemable status.

    No Redeeming Social Value Website

    Bleeder Project - The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity

    Bleeder Project - The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity

    Bleeder Project
    The Systematic Subversion of Fear and Insecurity
    Label: Toystaar Records

    Gabriel Scott is the prolific front man at the helm of this project that focuses on heavy industrial rock and strong early Nine Inch Nails-like angst with pop hooks to it.

    The Bleeder Project Website

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