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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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.

    Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents Wiki

    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.

    3 Website3 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

    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.

    Chip Raman Website

    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.

    Imperia WebsiteImperia Wiki

    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.

    Dreamscape WebsiteDreamscape Wiki

    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!

    Egypt Central WebsiteEgypt Central 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

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