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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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

    Kick To Tha Head - As We Think So We Are

    Kick To Tha Head - As We Think So We Are

    Kick To Tha Head
    As We Think So We Are
    Label: Turkey Vulture Records

    Spurting raw punk rhythms coalesced by hardcore attitude, these short yet intense and guttural emanations examine pain and aggression via a curmudgeonous introversion of fantastic frivolity.


    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

    Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season

    Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season

    Vanishing Point
    The Fourth Season
    Label: Locomotive Records

    Australian born melodic metal with synth and actual singing. Hints of goth and a mixture of progressive and power metal elements manage to magnificently funnel the guitar riffs into a formidable force that has been seen around the globe.

    Vanishing Point WebsiteVanishing Point Wiki

    Yellworc - Icolation

    Yellworc - Icolation

    Yellworc
    Icolation
    Label: Metropolis Records

    Dark and creepy gothic industrial perturbed by prickly electronic tantalizations of unforeseen atmospheres in a realm of unrequited synthetic love and hate. Icolaiton is the conceptual continuation of the infernal “Trinity- journey.”

    Yellworc WebsiteYellworc Wiki

    After All - This Violent Decline

    After All - This Violent Decline

    After All
    This Violent Decline
    Label: Locomotive Records

    Sturdy, powerful, galloping, and thrash-attacking guitar riffs propel this head banging Belgium juggernaut. The vocals are gruff, but understandable and quite appropriate, for the power metal they purvey.

    After All 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

    Bongzilla - Nuggets

    Bongzilla - Nuggets

    Bongzilla
    Nuggets
    Label: Barbarian Records

    Barbarian records has coughed up some more purple haze-induced sludge muffins in the form of this expanded reissue of singles, splits and comp tracks from Madison’s ultra stoners. Expectantly titled tracks tickle and trickle stoner humor to the consumer.

    Bongzilla Wiki

    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

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