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Dee Calhoun Dream Within A Dream review

Dee Calhoun’s upcoming EP A Dream Within a dream creates a dark, tranquil world with deathly cold atmospheres; it’s a voice of anguish and horror in a world that’s gone mad with this Covid 19. A diy project done by ex Iron Man current Spiral Grave singer that is not to be overlooked.

The title track is first and it is a musical adaptation of the Poe poem, beautiful, medieval, melancholic, isolating, and ethereal. The atmospheres and different symphonic elements just enhance the despondent isolating mood that flows through the rest of this EP.

At The Altar of Venus has a similarity vibe to Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath, that peaceful hazy spacey vibe, which ties into the desolate vibes to this album as well, there is such an atmosphere of gloom it is not overwhelming but almost like a tenderness with the despair. 

Arm in Arm with the Angels of Darkness is the most upbeat song with a nice bluesy riff and acoustic percussion that just rolls man, while maintaining this atmosphere that perm…
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Shadow Show Silhouettes Review

Shadow Show is a Psychedelic power trio from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fantastic, cosmic music with spacey vocal harmonies. Their debut album Silhouettes is a fine example of very good modern psych, with ten solid tracks. So tight it sounds and feels loose.
The album starts off with the single and video Charades, somewhere between a rockin Byrd’s meets mid 60’s Beatles vibe with a bit of Syd Barrett Pink Floyd and that slight punk sneer. Very catchy, very trippy, very groovy. Contessa has a 60s meets 90s grunge kinda vibe to it, and has backing vocals akin to the Monkees, nice touch. These girls don’t sound like anyone else around, and best of all, the guitar is so fuzzy! Green Stone is one of the stronger songs on the album, going into some Rolling Stones and Yardbirds type vibes, total mid 60s psychedelia. The Alchemist is like Uncle Acid without the distortion and sped up a bit. A layer of acoustic guitar and just an incredible hazy vibe like the inside of an enchanted forest. Shadow Box beg…

Blue Oyster Cult Live at The Vine Waterloo, NY 2/22/20

Blue Oyster Cult is a rock n roll institution. Full of vitality and energy still, they haven't lost a thing.  The Vine at Del Lago is a small 1500 seater amphitheatre inside a chinsey like casino in the fingerlakes region of New York. Security there also are kinda power hungry douches. During the first 30 seconds of the second song when I was shooting photos, a guy tapped me and said "They were like when you're taking photos these guys behind ya can't see." They don't have a proper photo pit at all at the venue. I was about to say tell em to move I'm working but i looked and then looked like if they stood up they'd break a hip so, I sat back down in my killer seat.
No worries, Eric Blooms coolness is unquestioned. When they kicked off with Dr Music i found myself drawn to Bloom immediately in his all black an the shades, not too mention that sexy fuckin gibson sg around his neck. Buck Dharma, my god is such an underrated player. And his voice is incredi…

Quiet Riot Hollywood Cowboys review

Quiet Riot's latest album Hollywood Cowboys is a fantastic old school melodic hard rock album, something the band has always done excruciatingly well no matter who was in the band. The riffs, the hooks, it'll drive ya mad. 
The album kicks off with the awesome riff of Don't' Call It Love, a pure sleazy rocker. James vocals are great, I never understood the hate. Killer. Next up is In The Blood, with an  awesome groove. Very vibey. Very AOR. Not a bad thing. It picks up for an epic, powerful chorus. Very vampyric. The band itself is on fire. Just energetic and fun to the bone. As it should be. Heartbreak City is pure 80s hard rock. Has a groove similar to Deep Purple. A hook out of this world. Definitely sleazy. The Devil That You Know is a fast paced rocker, galloping like a wild steed while your getting shot at. And yet still has amazing hooks. Being an outcast ain't always easy, but with anthems like this it makes it easier. Change or die has a heavy intro riff. A gre…

Garcia Peoples One Step Behind album review

Garcia Peoples third release in a year and a half, One Step Behind is an incredible psychedelic folk album with obvious influence by Jerry himself and others, a very pleasant piece of work  Starting out with some horns that sound like they are in a kaleidoscope. So vibey and droney. Followed by some beautiful wah infuses arpeggio guitar work. These peoples have done their homework. Then at ten minutes on the whole band comes in playing around it with more wah and wee bit of fuzz. It just gets groovier as it goes on. The vocals are done well , with delightful melodies vocally and musically.  Heart and Soul has a gorgeous piano intro, and a soulful vocal. This is a wonderful, surprising record. Sublime and groovy all at the same time.

Sunn0))) Pyroclasts review

The twin album to Life Metal is here. Sunn0)))'s latest Pyroclasts was a living, breathing record alongside the recent Life Metal release, coexisting on the same master tapes as well. Recorded once again by the great Steve Albini, this record is easily as sublime,  if not more so than its twin album Life Metal. 
We start off the journey in soundscape with Frost, some eerie hymn like feedback. Then come some crushing guitars out of the sky. This sounds darker than their previous record, but the auras are sinister and haunting.  Kingdoms starts off in the same way but no feedback. The vibes on this record are absolutely fucking intense. Dark,yet invigorating. Like ablack sun shining its dark rays on you. Sucks you in like a black hole. God damn. Ampliphædies continues in a similar vibe, but this riff is fuckin heavy. Take a trip to the darkest pits of your mind, feel the gloom a bit.  Ascension starts off with surprisingly upbeat sounding feedback. Creating a bit lighter of an aura than…

Sadartha Growth EP Review

Sadartha's third release is the ep Growth. With slightly better production than the last two albums, the band drops most of the hardcore punk influences going for a pure grunge sound. Opening track Emptifull has a sweet groove in the verse and explodes on the chorus. The band seems to have found their footing hear. Jangly muddy guitars, pulsating bass, and frantic but precise drums. Is it 1992 again? Aconitum starts with a watery sounding guitar riff. So slow and vibey. This is like Nirvana's Nevermind meets Alice In Chain's Jar Of Flies. So dark, so sublime.  Eclipsing Binaries sounds upbeat.a lazy day with a joint in the sun with nothing to do is what comes to mind. Really good song. Nice melodies. These dudes are definitely on the rise and just get better. Sacred Scorcher has such an awesome groove. Hearing a little Mudhoney influence here. Then the guitars distort and it's a train barrelling down the tracks at 110 mph on fire. It's fucking great.  Just Skin starts o…