Trail of Dead – So Divided

Trail of Dead – So Divided / 2006 Interscope / 11 Tracks / http://www.trailofdead.com / http://www.interscope.com / Reviewed 21 June 2007

I still remember reviewing Trail of Dead a number of years ago for the campus radio station. They were a pretty impressive band back then, and I’m glad I have the chance to see how they have grown since then. The first actual track on “So Divided” is “Stand in Silence”, and the beginning of the track reminds me of the first time that the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show. Continue reading “Trail of Dead – So Divided”

Secrets of the Moon – Antithesis

Secrets of the Moon – Antithesis / 2007 Self / 9 Tracks / http://www.secretsofthemoon.org / antithesis.sotm.de / Reviewed 21 June 2007

Secrets of the Moon start out their “Antithesis” with a well thought-out entry in “Nowhere 11.18”. The track gradually grows in speed and uses repetition to get into listeners’ heads. The band is able to tie together different elements and create something compelling without having to resort to vocals. The orchestration of Secrets of the Moon during this track lays a solid framework with which the band can use on subsequent tracks. Continue reading “Secrets of the Moon – Antithesis”

Nox – Ixaxaar

Nox – Ixaxaar / 2007 Earache / 9 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/nox333 / http://www.earache.com / Reviewed 21 June 2007

Nox is a band that plays an absurdly fast brand of metal. In fact, it is my opinion that they are one of the top five or ten fastest acts out on the market. While I have no reason to believe that they use sequencing on any of the tracks on “Ixaxaar”, to have a drummer of the caliber to make the skin hits during “Choronzonic Chaos Gods” work so well is a feat in itself. There is so much in the way of material present during the disc’s opening track that the three and a half minute runtime feels as if the band has went on for five or six. However, there are enough in the way of twists and turns to keep individuals interesting and wanting more from “Ixaxaar”. Continue reading “Nox – Ixaxaar”

Dreadful Yawns – Rest

Dreadful Yawns – Rest / 2007 Exit Stencil / 10 Tracks / http://www.bomp.com / http://www.myspace.com/dreadfulyawns / Reviewed 17 June 2007

It has been a few years since I have had a chance to hear The Dreadful Yawns. In fact, it was 2005 when I last reviewed a Dreadful Yawns album. For their self titled album on Bomp, I said that the band had a down home and rootsy sound that would do them well on the GAC channel. For their next album, “Rest”, I would have to agree with what I said prior. This Cleveland band is a little bit more diverse in sound than how I described them previously. Continue reading “Dreadful Yawns – Rest”

Rio En Medio – Bride of Dynamite

Rio En Medio – Bride of Dynamite / 2007 Gnomonsong / 12 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/daniellestechhomsy / http://www.gnomonsong.com / Reviewed 17 June 2007
“You Can Stand” is the first track on Rio En Medio’s “Bride of Dynamite”, and the slower, more soulful sound created by the band during this track is telling. As it sits at the head of the album, the rest of the disc is tempered by the music that is contained within. This is heard in the disc’s second track, “Heaven is High”, just as it is heard throughout the rest of “Bride of Dynamite”. The female vocals may be slow and drawn-out, but the band seems to pull influence from the sixties, specifically the folk and more psychedelic sounds of that decade. Continue reading “Rio En Medio – Bride of Dynamite”

Johnathan Wilson – Frankie Ray

Johnathan Wilson – Frankie Ray / 2007 Koch / 16 Tracks / http://www.kochrecords.com / http://www.songsofjonathanwilson.com / Reviewed 17 June 2007

The tag that I see Wilson tagged with is “rock”. I would have to not agree with that, as songs like “Calvary” rely much more on a country-western and seventies pop sound than anything remotely close to rock music. The walking bass line, the strung-out vocals, everything on “Frankie Ray” seems to put Wilson into a C&W box. Continue reading “Johnathan Wilson – Frankie Ray”

Michael Buble – Call Me Irresponsible

Michael Buble – Call Me Irresponsible / 2007 Reprise / 14 Tracks / http://www.michaelbuble.com / http://www.repriserecords.com / Reviewed 17 June 2007

Michael Buble is all the rage in the right circles, but is not among the key demographics that would turn this very successful artist into the “next big thing”. However, this artist may be able to establish eirself in the minds of a larger range of listeners with this effort. Two tracks from this album have charted at the present time; “Everything” and “Me And Mrs Jones”, and Buble’s star is beginning to shine (culminating in eir performance replacing Tony Bennett on American Idol). The only thing that seems to spell trouble for me on “Call Me Irresponsible” is the fact that Buble does a number of covers on the album. I understand that it is a common thing for crooners to do at this date and time (include a number of covers on their album), but I think that more copies would sell if Buble was able to break free and wow fans more consistently with eir own material. Continue reading “Michael Buble – Call Me Irresponsible”

OST: Sudden Impact

OST: Sudden Impact / 2008 Aleph / 22 Tracks / http://www.schifrin.com /

Sudden Impact is a film, released in 1983, that features Clint Eastwood. It is also the 4th movie in the Dirty Harry series. Lalo Schifrin was tapped to make the score for this film, after being replaced in eir duties by Jerry Fielding for “The Enforcer”. The first track on this score is the “Main Title” track, and it really seems to show its age. This means that there is a lot of electronic, sequenced types of drums and a very primitive style of scratching, over which a police scanner track is laid over. The one thing that individuals can immediately get behind on this score is the energy with which each of the compositions is couched. Continue reading “OST: Sudden Impact”

Midnight Movies – Nights EP

Midnight Movies – Nights EP / 2008 New Line / 6 Tracks / http://www.midnightmovies.net /

It has been a while since we here at NeuFutur have heard anything from the Midnight Movies, and this “Nights” EP marks the next evolution in their sound. The act makes a strong step forward with their psychedelic version of The Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”. Despite the Jefferson Airplane-styled vocals that are present, the focal point of this track has to be the atmospheric arrangements that dominate during the chorus. Where most acts would keep the cover songs to the end of their CD, Midnight Movies are able to really give the track a life that effectively gives them a pass. The second track is “Should Have Known” and it links the psychedelic sound of the introductory track with a Breeders-style approach to alternative music and a hint of Ministry-esque industrial. Continue reading “Midnight Movies – Nights EP”