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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Progressive
    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown
    Back Breaker
    Label: Solid State Records

    The 3rd time is the charm for this thrash/power/death metal group; their best yet! Utilizing powerful Greek myths as the lyrical basis for the songs provides an interesting and powerful tapestry of material to tap into. Good grooves and aural diversity.

    The Showdown Wiki

    Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

    Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

    Cribshitter
    Cry A Little Rainbow
    Label: Medicated G Records

    Wow! 30 tracks of hilarious musical debauchery and mayhem. Madison brews them eclectic and this is right up there. Careening from poppy punk to country then retro electronica plus various other tangents du jour, all with a squinter of a rainbow in their eyes…


    Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage

    Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage

    Blackmore's Night
    Secret Voyage
    Label: SPV

    Literally touring the planet, these 6 enchanting renaissance type minstrels are highlighted by the famed Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, etc). This, their 9th release, displays an impassioned range of traditional and contemporary melodies. The CD packaging defies the style of music it contains.

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    Mastodon - Crack The Skye

    Mastodon - Crack The Skye

    Mastodon
    Crack The Skye
    Label: Reprise Records

    Storming the progressive rock and metal scene with a fervor, diversity and originality heralded by few others. Their groundbreaking musical vision continues here by adapting a slight whirling psychedelic tinge to their entrancing metal megalith.

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    Queensryche - American Soldier

    Queensryche - American Soldier

    Queensryche
    American Soldier
    Label: Rhino Records

    Harsh and haunting perspectives of war are discussed, reviewed and examined in the somber gothic progressive metal style that they are known for. As thoughtful and powerful as this release is, I find the most memorable moments also being the most chilling and depressing.

    Queensryche WebsiteQueensryche Wiki

    Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

    Mile Marker Zero - Mile Marker Zero

    Mile Marker Zero
    Mile Marker Zero
    Label: Self Released

    Spinning impressive progressive rock adventures is undeniably the calling for this Connecticut quintet. An eclectic epic soundstream is forged around the lyrics that enjoy the dichotomy of life’s many lessons while thriving on the energy of the experience.

    Mile Marker Zero Website

    Fall Of Troy - In The Unlikely Event

    Fall Of Troy - In The Unlikely Event

    Fall Of Troy
    In The Unlikely Event
    Label: Equal Vision Records

    An unpredictable subterfuge of punk, jazz, noise and progressive rock that has resulted in a surprisingly fresh and interesting offering. The emotional and edgy vocals are mixed only slightly with screemo. This highly charged trio from Mulkilteo, WA is ready to rocket to success.

    The Fall Of Troy WebsiteThe Fall Of Troy Wiki

    Leaves' Eyes - Njord

    Leaves' Eyes - Njord

    Leaves' Eyes
    Njord
    Label: Napalm Records

    Regal and fully manifested gothic operatic metal. The ever entrancing Liv Kristine along with her brethren from the mighty band Atrocity has crafted another musical feast of myth and legend from the Norse land. Orchestrating a new level of fantasy and delight.

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    Alo - Man Of The World

    Alo - Man Of The World

    Alo
    Man Of The World
    Label: Brushfire Records/Universal

    Sublimely mellow rock music tumbled with expertly crafted tale telling courtesy of 4 childhood friends. Since it was by Jack Johnson and recorded at his solar powered studio in Hawaii ALO scored the opening slot on Johnson’s summer tour including Alpine Valley 7/24 and River’s Edge 7/25 and I am thrilled more people will get to hear them.

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    Just A Band - 82

    Just A Band - 82

    Just A Band
    82
    Label: Akwaaba Music

    Mellow moods shift in the glimmering of an emotion with embellishments of contemporary down tempo ethics. These 3 musicians from Kenya were all born in 1982, hence the name. Most songs were constructed and concocted within the influence of 80s synth pop while injected with ethnic grooves.

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    Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

    Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

    Wes Hamil
    White Man Red Road
    Label: Babamuse

    Envisioned as a soundtrack for a movie with the same title,  Hamil musically introduces us to the award winning culminations of his spirit quests and journeys through Native American ceremonies which ultimately afforded him the opportunity to being a sun dancer. Tribal chants are woven into the guitar driven songs producing a delectably catchy, memorable and enlightening experience.

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    The Pints - First Round

    The Pints - First Round

    The Pints
    First Round
    Label: Self Released

    Having played around the Madison area for several years, this jiggy Irish and Celtic loving septet brandishes 13 traditional ditties infused with their own dynamic flings and spills. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, kilt and designated driver!

    The The Pints Website

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