Friday, January 30, 2009

Vomitt Enter Contest

Vomitt's Stairway to Vomitt has just entered garageband contest in BluesRock category.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Silence Is Sexy – This An’t Hollywood


The first thing: This is one of the best produced and musically skillful records on jamendo. No doubt about that.
The second thing: It’s pop. Maybe they play guitars, maybe there’s some reverb or other distortion on their instruments. Perhaps the vocalist sings quite emotionally and empahatic. Nonetheless, it’s pop. Not a good news for me. It may not be particularly good news for other listeners as well.
The third thing: Although it is a mild version of Coldplay and Radiohead records, there is something uncomplete about the compositions. They all start smooth and neatly produced but suddenly, when it gets to chorus it’s just become to be boring. I’m afraid a serious lack of catchy choruses is to be a reason for that. Of course, not all tracks are that way. The best one on the album are Where Were You (with a nice keyboard touch that enriches the whole arrangement) and You Are A Mirror. Overall, however, it’s a little bit disappointing.

Stay cool,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

absyn - The prophecy


Definitely listenable
Can we survive the blast? That's the question the singer asks us. I liked the Armageddon mood of this industrial electro-beat driven tune, I just wanted more kick (a little bit louder and more agressive guitars). Everything seems to be in the right place, even a little bit ridiculous lyrics about some prophecies doesn't spoil the composition, but it should be definitely recorded in more expanded crew (there's no live bass audible for example). Summarizing, good composition, just needs more arrangement.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Josh Woodward – Here Today


It’s a nice and enjoyable record. It sounds much more poppy and smoothen than other Josh’s records, but it’s not a disadvantage, just a surprise. When I’ve heard that it’s the very early set of his recordings I expected the sound to be rough and underproduced but I get the exact opposite. The songs are recorded in fairly good conditions, with a full arrangement, not just a songwriter and his/her guitar. The compositions are nice and melodic, though they do not have this Americana, dark folk atmosphere that one may sometimes find in his later records. Nonetheless I found some tunes may be my favourites for the next few weeks. One of the tracks I dig is Home Improvements, a little bit naive but sincere protest song about changing America into the only-for-the-rich state. The next one is Morning After, a very gentle story about all yesterday’s parties.
The album is really nice and melodic, and paradoxically, it may be it’s biggest flaw. The problem is that American songwriter/folk music went ages from the sounds Woodward presents. Sometimes, the album sounds more as Mr. Big than Palace Brothers or Mount Eerie, so if you look for more alternative approach you maybe disappointed. However, there are gems like Nothing in the Dark that get the LP spinning.
The cover is also a little bit too minimal. It does look like as if it was an album for songs that has just been left aside while recording better ones, which is not wholly true.
Generally it’s eight out of ten. It has its advantages, but there are also drawbacks.

Stay cool,


Saturday, January 10, 2009

FailedLife - Need To Feed


This is what I mean by industrial!!! In this composition I found everything I want what the genre. Creepy movie samples, aggressive and trance-like guitar riffs, very decisive rhythm section and space-like keyboard sound. It's good, it's raw, it's like a gem unground. Truly recommendable.

song's site

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A good start of the year

My review of One In the Grave by Dualistic Nature
has been recently placed at this song's site as
their signature review. That's a really nice
start of the year, but there's still plenty to come,
I tell ya...

Happy New Year Everyone. Live Long & Prosper!!!

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