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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: National
    Ryan Montbleau band - Patience on Friday

    Ryan Montbleau band - Patience on Friday

    Ryan Montbleau band
    Patience on Friday
    Label: Self Released

    This album, a tribute to the band’s good friend and backup drummer Denis Babin who died in 2006, shows off a zippy, zesty, robust and charismatic singer/songwriter with his band strutting a stoic resonance with a sturdy stance.

    Ryan Montbleau band WebsiteRyan Montbleau band Wiki

    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

    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

    Foetopsy - In The Bathroom

    Foetopsy - In The Bathroom

    Foetopsy
    In The Bathroom
    Label: Barbarian Records

    Absolutely sick, twisted and spastic grind core. Containing gurgled vocals, repulsive lyrical concepts and a big fat zero in the redeeming social value category. Not for the weak of stomach or mind.


    Hermano - Into the Exam Room

    Hermano - Into the Exam Room

    Hermano
    Into the Exam Room
    Label: Regain Records

    Mega groovy hard rock and acoustic rock congealed from members of several stoner rock outfits and put together over long distances. At the helm is former Kyuss vocalist, John Garcia, guiding this herd to great heights.

    Hermano WebsiteHermano Wiki

     - French Horn Rebellion

    - French Horn Rebellion


    French Horn Rebellion
    Label: Self Released

    A quirky pop-tronica trio from NYC, but with roots in Milwaukee, WI. The infectious retro bent they shade their compositions with is their trademark and has an immediate off-beat commercial value that serves them well.

    Website

    Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

    Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

    Lost Dream
    The Lost Dream
    Label: Craig Sound Productions

    This ambitious self-taught multi-instrumentalist composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced this release. She also played the entire range of instruments. Attempting to reconcile rock’n’roll with ambient atmospheres around a concept of lost hope sounds good in theory, but unfortunately comes off a bit flaccid and overly subdued.


    Jann Klose - Reverie

    Jann Klose - Reverie

    Jann Klose
    Reverie
    Label: 3 Frames Music

    Framed by his multi-continental global up-bringing (Born in Germany, relocated to Kenya, then South Africa, Ohio and New York), this impressive singer and songwriter displays a wide variety of soulful ballads and emotive light rock ditties culled from a number of recording sessions with a variety of musicians.

    Jann Klose WebsiteJann Klose Wiki

    Tantric - The End Begins

    Tantric - The End Begins

    Tantric
    The End Begins
    Label: Silent Majority Group

    Throaty vocalist Hugo Ferreira may be the only original member remaining, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking a stab at reinvigorating the band with “a new perspective.” The result? Poppy commercial hard rock gussied up with violin and a post-grunge compassion. Some of it works well, some falls flat.

    Tantric Wiki

    Turbine - Reward

    Turbine - Reward

    Turbine
    Reward
    Label: Roofland Records

    Melting catchy inflections of bluegrass, Americana and jam rock into a fun and furious spectacular of momentous proportions. The harmonious harmonica packs their sultry rhythms with an air of delicacy and intricacy as do the harmonic vocals.

    Turbine Website

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague - Heart Attack

    American Plague
    Heart Attack
    Label: Feedback Symphony Records

    Hard driving, hard rocking trio serving up classic catchy heavy rock. Elements of angst and foreboding give way to campy rock.

    The American Plague Website

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