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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Progressive
    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

    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

    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

    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

    Liquid Jungle - Tiny Heaven

    Liquid Jungle - Tiny Heaven

    Liquid Jungle
    Tiny Heaven
    Label: Self Released

    Prog rock from Atlanta with a serious funk kick and some interesting quirks. The interplay of vocal harmonies amidst the disparate instrumental aptitudes serves to amplify the slurry of intriguing and beguiling musical intensities.

    Liquid Jungle Website

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul
    Kiss of the Thorn
    Label: Eyes Like Snow/Northern Silence Records

    Operatic and progressive old-school gothic metal (ala Priest, King Diamond, Shadow’s Fall) from Milwaukee but signed to a German Label. Shadowy doom protruding from a festering pool of abstract progressions.

    A Tortured Soul Website

    Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro

    Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro

    Giancarlo Vulcano
    Vetro
    Label: Innova

    An instrumental minimalist jazz excursion into mind-tantalizing guitar trysts and technical forays. This recording is the result of the composers involvement with Forecast Music from 2003-2005. For fans of Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, etc.

    Giancarlo Vulcano Website

    Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters

    Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters

    Juno Reactor
    Gods and Monsters
    Label: Metropolis Records

    Genre crossing techno united by a vast array of amazing musicians.

    Juno Reactor WebsiteJuno Reactor Wiki

    Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville

    Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville

    Peter Mathews
    Far From Haggersville
    Label: Trinema Meia

    Award-winning, Madison-based film maker and musician brings us a soundtrack-type music and film CD with a real life puzzle to solve with actual gold coins as the potential payoff. Very intriguing concept!

    Peter Mathews Website

    Gomers - Mike Zirkel

    Gomers - Mike Zirkel

    Gomers
    Mike Zirkel
    Label: Beeftone

    Beloved hometown Madison quirk-nauts spew forth a beguiling array of witty song spins. From utilizing every town in Wisconsin as lyrical fodder to showcasing such guest musicians as Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, they delight and frolic in the asinine as well as the sublime.

    The Gomers WebsiteThe Gomers Wiki

    Devil's Slingshot - Clinophobia

    Devil's Slingshot - Clinophobia

    Devil's Slingshot
    Clinophobia
    Label: Mascot Records

    A breathtaking Super-Trio comprised of musical luminaries Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan and Virgil Donail. As one would expect, they flex there impressive technical wizardry and musical prowess throughout this instrumental release with style, finesse and maturity.


     - Theories of Tension

    - Theories of Tension


    Theories of Tension
    Label: Self Released

    A many faceted award winning Madison based metal outfit that throws down some prog rock, math rock and extreme jazz compositions in an aspiring manner. Somehow the recording is loose/rough/thin in a few areas which diminishes the exuberant talent contained here.

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