Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Year 2008
Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

Meldrum
Blowin’ Up The Machine
Label: Locomotive Spain

By featuring guests Gene Hoglan on drums and Lemmy on some back ups, you get a good idea of what kind of kick ass metal this trio of fired up, ballsy females are gonna whip up.

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Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

Putumayo Presents
Latin Reggae
Label: Putumayo World Music

I love reggae and Putumayo has managed to thrust a whole bunch of wonderful established as well as newcomer Spanish singing reggae based artists (largely from Spain) into the spotlight with this release. Ya mon!

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Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

Putumayo Presents
Tango Around The World
Label: Putumayo World Music

Musically touring the tantalizing Tango hotbeds around the world including Finland, Senegal, Portugal and most notably Argentina. Here we are shown the fancy footwork (and musicianship) of 11 internationally renowned artists.

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Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

Sequoia Groove Presents
Angels Voices
Label: Sequoia Records

Compiled by Yogafit founder Beth Shaw and mixed by the Gordon Brothers, this compilation focuses on female voices and consists of remixes of about 5 different bands. Blissful but limited.

Sequoia Groove Presents Website

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

3 - The End Is Begun

3 - The End Is Begun

3
The End Is Begun
Label: Metal Blade Records

Moody, paradoxical and sophisticated rhythms compliment the succinct and distinct vocals which soar but do not annoy, while utilizing technical prowess to bring broad minded progressive metal to new heights.

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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.

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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.

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Chip Raman - Edge Of A Song

Chip Raman - Edge Of A Song

Chip Raman
Edge Of A Song
Label: Rosebud Records

This talented singer/songwriter has packaged art, heart and musical revelry into one cohesive package bearing his name and providing a nice platform for spreading his thought provoking, easy going compositions.

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Imperia - Queen of Light

Imperia - Queen of Light

Imperia
Queen of Light
Label: Locomotive Records

Orchestral bombastics are common place for this atmospheric, melodic, gothic tinged metal outfit. Led vocally by the beautiful and very capable Helena Iren Michaelsen (ex-Trail of Tears) the compositions posture from an aggressive yet progressive viewpoint that is as effective as it is entrancing.

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Dreamscape - 5th Season

Dreamscape - 5th Season

Dreamscape
5th Season
Label: Locomotive Records

Progressive metal from Munich, Germany portrayed with theatrics and grandeur. The male vocals are sung with just the right finesse between intense and emotive plus the headbanging grooves are parted with a friendly amount of atmospheric interludes.

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Egypt Central - Egypt Central (self titled)

Egypt Central - Egypt Central (self titled)

Egypt Central
Egypt Central (self titled)
Label: Fat Lady Music

Originating from Memphis, TN (not Egypt) this highly emotive, overly pimped and polished nu-ish metal is undeniably very hard rock radio friendly, but they appear to have sacrificed their integrity and sold their musical souls to get there. Yawn!

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