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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2012
    Lacrimosa - Revolution

    Lacrimosa - Revolution

    Lacrimosa
    Revolution
    Label: End of the Light Records

    These pioneers of German Symphonic-Metal return for their 11th studio album filled with trademark German lyrics, dramatic atmospheric passages interrupted by terse industrial gothic beats, all crossed by orchestras, choirs and a stellar guest lineup. Since their inception in 1990, they have toured the world, worked with the world famous London Symphony Orchesta, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and have topped the charts in over 25 countries worldwide. Bravo! 

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    Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine

    Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine

    Seven Kingdoms
    The Fire Is Mine
    Label: Nightmare / Sony / RED

    Furious melodic progressive thrash metal with epic choirs is the order of the day for the third release from this Florida group. Led by the amazing female vocals of Sabrina Valentine and recorded at Morrisound Studios by legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, etc) this release has the backbone to explode onto the metal scene and do some serious damage. 

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    Tusmørke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

    Tusmørke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

    Tusmørke
    Underjordisk Tusmørke
    Label: Termo Records

    Immediate flashbacks to early Jethro Tull flooded my senses on first listen, only to give way to other obvious influences from Gong, Can, Caravan, etc. While their name means twilight in Norwegian, their retro prog-psych music is twisted with a dark dose of Nordic folk and folk magic while being played out in atmospheric analog format thanks to the antique equipment that was used for its making.

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    Falcon Punch - Falcon Punch

    Falcon Punch - Falcon Punch

    Falcon Punch
    Falcon Punch
    Label: Stainless Manchu Records

    Quirky, atmospheric and odd-tempo electronica from Toronto. These experimental compositions swing through jazzy, mathy rhythms as easily as spacey soundscapes with strategic samples and brain scratching soundbites.

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    Grimblee - Mutilate

    Grimblee - Mutilate

    Grimblee
    Mutilate
    Label: self

    Too often, dubstep is bogged down with conflicting interests, crossed genres or some other confluence of inefficiencies, but not here. Grimblee (Gilbert Splett) serves up straightforward kick-ass whompin’ electronica from Salt Lake City that is guaranteed to pique your eardrums.

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    Lionize - Superczar and the Vulture

    Lionize - Superczar and the Vulture

    Lionize
    Superczar and the Vulture
    Label: Pentimento Music Company

    Great grooves! Very successfully weaving together reggae elements with over-the-top 70s groove-rock, this DC quartet really has evolved into a force to be reckoned with. “It’s definitely the most complete, distinct Lionize record so far,” notes bassist Henry Upton, who established the group in 2004. So there ya go.

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    Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Therion
    Les Fleurs Du Mal
    Label: End Of The Light

    Over-the-top orchestral metal has never sounded so good! Formed in the late 80s as a death metal band, this Swedish outfit has survived a bevy of member changes to produce this opus of intense and well-executed orchestral metal of the highest order, and once again redefining the genre. Bravo!

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    Saffron - Dawning

    Saffron - Dawning

    Saffron
    Dawning
    Label: Palmetto Records

    Kindred spirits finding common ground in the poet Rumi, these veteran musicians fuse contemporary sensibilities with classical Indian and Western jazz influences to create music that is as delicate and richly nuanced as the spice.

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    Lords of Acid - Lords of Acid

    Lords of Acid - Lords of Acid

    Lords of Acid
    Lords of Acid
    Label: Metropolis Records

    After 12 long years the mighty Praga Khan, along with longtime collaborator Erhan Kurkun, bring us a new full length orgy of punky electro industrial deliciousness. This is a fantastic, feisty, fun, booty shakin’ party album with great grooves, wide stylistic variances and witty lyrics plus an ever apparent sex appeal. Yummy!

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    Mekong Delta - Intersections

    Mekong Delta - Intersections

    Mekong Delta
    Intersections
    Label: Steamhammer/SPV

    How do you create a technical thrash metal band for 2012? Start in the mid 1980s! Founded in the 80s by producer and bass player Ralf Hubert and surviving decades of band changes and turmoil, this release gives new life to a variety of their acclaimed classics utilizing the technology and band lineup of today, while enabling the band to get out and tour the world again.

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    Kmang Kmang - Drifting

    Kmang Kmang - Drifting

    Kmang Kmang
    Drifting
    Label: self-released

    Defying traditional classical guitar structures to incorporate indie rock angst and prog rock finesse with jazzy improvisational plateaus brings this Chicago based collective to a unique perfection. Founded by Barmey Ung, a Cambodian transplant, the compositions effortlessly delve into Flamenco, Samba, as well as traditional Cambodian Music.

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    Lance Lopez - Handmade Music

    Lance Lopez - Handmade Music

    Lance Lopez
    Handmade Music
    Label: MIG Music

    Starting in New Orleans and mentored by Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsys) this ballsy blues guitarist has been a professional musician since the age of 14. At the age of 18 he became Lucky Peterson’s band leader. Now on this, his second solo release, he starts off jumpin but gets gritty, soulful and introspective in the middle.

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