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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    Freighter - s/t

    Freighter - s/t

    Freighter
    s/t
    Label: Self Released

    A Madison trio that knows how to play with metal structures of the past while injecting a contemporary intensity to them. Progressive a-tonal riffs conjoined with plodding, pummeling or explosive beats while hoisting a flair for noisy experimental fringe offerings treated with harsh angst ridden vocals.

    Freighter Website

     - 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.


    Putumayo Presents - African Party

    Putumayo Presents - African Party

    Putumayo Presents
    African Party
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Celebrating Putumayo’s 15th Anniversary with a great compilation that pays tribute to the spirit of the music that inspired the label’s inception. With 20 million CDs sold, Putumayo’s world music party has been a global hit and “African Party” is another to add their list of success.

    Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents Wiki

    Jamshied Sharifi - One

    Jamshied Sharifi - One

    Jamshied Sharifi
    One
    Label: Ceres Records

    Ambient world atmospheres blend into trance imaginations as this release conscientiously crosses paradoxical global musical boundaries. This prolific and award winning multi instrumentalist and composer utilizes a smorgasbord of high profile guest musicians to become “One.’

    Jamshied Sharifi WebsiteJamshied Sharifi Wiki

    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

    Mustasch - The Latest Version of the Truth

    Mustasch - The Latest Version of the Truth

    Mustasch
    The Latest Version of the Truth
    Label: Regain Records

    Rip snortin’ hard n’ heavy rock ‘n roll that, at times, reminds me of newer Metallica, but with much more diversity and integrity. These refined rockers have even been nominated for a Swedish Grammy!

    Mustasch WebsiteMustasch 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

    Twisterbait - I Spy

    Twisterbait - I Spy

    Twisterbait
    I Spy
    Label: Xacca Sounds

    A tasty tornadic EP of hybrid techno metal. The trio of members has the added technocratic blessing of being produced by Simon Hanson (Death In Vegas) who undoubtedly morphed this into the vision of rhythmic pulchritude that it is.

    Twisterbait 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

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution - Rise

    Anew Revolution
    Rise
    Label: Koch Entertainment

    Watered-down, radio-ready bubblegum metal. Oh, it’s so filled with emotions, intensity, blah, blah, blaze. For fans of such mass consumable and radio friendly bands as Staind, Dope, etc.

    Anew Revolution WebsiteAnew Revolution Wiki

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