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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    Luna Mortis - The Absence

    Luna Mortis - The Absence

    Luna Mortis
    The Absence
    Label: Century Media

    Displaying a polished melodic thrash attack, this Madison quintet marks the major metal scene in a big way! Fronted by a metal maiden and cajoling intricate yet cohesive fretboards furies into the neckwrecking percussion finds solid grounding here.

    Luna Mortis Wiki

    Mariah Parker - Sangria

    Mariah Parker - Sangria

    Mariah Parker
    Sangria
    Label: Ancient Future Music

    Spicy tantalizing flamenco melodies cross pollinate with East Indian rhythms that beg to be imbibed in while a gentle warm breeze rustles your hair. Jazzy flirtations permeate the world music foray and are focused by Parkers poignant piano (or santur) accentuations.

    Mariah Parker Website

    Matthew Montfort - Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

    Matthew Montfort - Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

    Matthew Montfort
    Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar
    Label: Ancient Future Music

    Being aptly titled to describe the non vocal guitar wizardry on this debut release from award winning Ancient Future band leader manages to expose his proficiencies and improvisational skills. Although well executed and technically proficient, the serenades are a tad on the dry side overall

    Matthew Montfort WebsiteMatthew Montfort Wiki

    Randy Granger - A Place Called Peace

    Randy Granger - A Place Called Peace

    Randy Granger
    A Place Called Peace
    Label: Dogsense Music

    Serene and meditative Native American flutes are melded and invoked above a percussive platform including Native drums and djembe plus the unique UFO shaped Hang drum. Perfect accompaniment for a blazing summer sunset.

    Randy Granger Website

    Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

    Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

    Slumdog Millionaire
    Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Interscope Records

    Bringing Bollywood rhythms fused with hip hop beats to the minds of millions, this Oscar winning soundtrack weaves an intricate intertwining tale of suspense and drama. Spanning a splendid musical spectrum these tracks take the listener on an exotic experience as varied and exciting as the movie itself.

    Slumdog Millionaire WebsiteSlumdog Millionaire Wiki

    Wiyos - The Wiyos

    Wiyos - The Wiyos

    Wiyos
    The Wiyos
    Label: Self Released

    Dubbing their output as “vaudevillian ragtime-jugband-blues and hillbilly swing,” this acoustic trio tells tales from an age gone by. Their lo-fi but not low energy music is comprised of the sounds from a washboard, harmonica, kazoo, archtop/resonator guitar/banjo-ukulele, an upright bass and three vocal for a full spectrum support. Kick ass!

    The Wiyos Website

    Babyland - Cavecraft

    Babyland - Cavecraft

    Babyland
    Cavecraft
    Label: Metropolis Records

    They call themselves “performance based electronic junk punk.” Junk punk - as in banging on reallocated chunks of metal and melding it with electronica. They shine brightest when they intensely pound out the heavy percussive tribal elements


    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.

    Blackmore's Night WebsiteBlackmore's Night Wiki

    Covered Call - Money Never Sleeps

    Covered Call - Money Never Sleeps

    Covered Call
    Money Never Sleeps
    Label: Blistering Records

    Classic rock with a metal tinged sound, look, style and presentation. They are proficient in their musicianship; the band output is just stuck in time while wading through prolific amounts cheese and cliché’s.


    Cycle Of Pain - Cycle Of Pain

    Cycle Of Pain - Cycle Of Pain

    Cycle Of Pain
    Cycle Of Pain
    Label: Reform Records

    Black Label Society bassist exhibits his latest exploits that fall not far from the tree. Sludgy, grungy metal admittedly grown from the Black Sabbath side of heavy music but also reminding me of Soundgarden at times. Too many musical cameos to mention.


    Epochate - Chronicles Of A Dying Era

    Epochate - Chronicles Of A Dying Era

    Epochate
    Chronicles Of A Dying Era
    Label: Metropolis Records

    More than just a collection of songs, these electronic doom prophets have delivered an evolving cinematic style landscape of bleak synthetic orchestral ministrations. Foreboding vocals are fed into this strained and grainy industrial view of reality while propelled to epic, dynamic and tragic trajectories.

    Epochate Website

    Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors - Jhoom

    Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors - Jhoom

    Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
    Jhoom
    Label: Raven Recording

    Temptations of electronica seed these shamanic trance adventures sown by Roth through a variety of top notch musicians. These enchanting songs are lead by percussive elements that throb the root chakras of each listener choosing to imbibe in the dance of life.

    Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors WebsiteGabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Wiki

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