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Rigel Michelena: Bartok's Room

Read "Bartok's Room" reviewed by John W. Patterson


Take yer fav ball o' silly putty and roll it over a sound/style image of chops a la Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Alex MacHacek, Joe Satriani, and snippets of Robert “the math-rock, monsieur Roboto” Fripp and squash out a nice distorto reprinted mosaic riffage picture of Michelena's multi-instrumentalist expertise and voicings . . . and you have this release in a nutshell or putty print.Seriously, a great deal super-duper, quicksilver riffs, frettage and wailings are going down here. ...

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Album Review

Rigel Michelena: Bartok's Room

Read "Bartok's Room" reviewed by John W. Patterson


Take yer fav ball o' silly putty and roll it over a sound/style image of chops a la Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Alex MacHacek, Joe Satriani, and snippets of Robert “the math-rock, monsieur Roboto” Fripp and squash out a nice distorto reprinted mosaic riffage picture of Michelena's multi-instrumentalist expertise and voicings . . . and you have this release in a nutshell or putty print.Seriously, a great deal super-duper, quicksilver riffs, frettage and wailings are going down here. ...

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Lunar Chateau: Beyond The Reach Of Dreams

Read "Beyond The Reach Of Dreams" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


With their second release, the three brothers known as “Lunar Chateau”, continue to incorporate synth textures with hard driving, predominately straight-four rhythms and vocals, yet here, the band surges onward with mixed results. The opener, “Olympus Mons” features keyboardist Novak Sekulovich’s regally pronounced lead synth lines, atop a simply stated and relatively catchy hook, whereas nondescript themes and vocals mar the piece titled, “Far From Home”. However, drummer Milo Sekulovich and bassist Paul Sekulovich generally provide enough ammo or perhaps ...

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KBB: Lost and Found

Read "Lost and Found" reviewed by Michael Askounes


So... you say you like wacky time signatures? Like lots of keyboard runs and some serious musical virtuosity? Like CDs where all the songs clock in at over six minutes? Well, that's good because there's a hot item from Musea Records that should be on your “to buy" list courtesy of four incredibly talented musicians from Japan known as KBB. The name of the album is Lost and Found, and as far as fusion/prog bands go they don't get much ...

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Lunar Chateau: Lunar Chateau

Read "Lunar Chateau" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Recorded in 1994 and newly released on the French progressive rock label “Musea”, the American band “Lunar Chateau” have been garnering a noteworthy reputation throughout Europe, the US and South America for several years. A keyboard, drums and bass trio consisting of the Sekulovich brothers, lead vocalist and bassist Paul Sekulovich’s breezy incantations might appeal to fans of “Yes”, “Camel” and a few other prominent and time honored outfits of the progressive rock genre.

The band exhibits a strong predilection ...

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Samla Mammas Manna: Kaka

Read "Kaka" reviewed by Michael Askounes


70's Swedish avant-garde jazz-ers Samla Mammas Manna may not be accessible enough to tickle everyone's fancy. Some folks might think that they're too bizarre and unstructured. Some folks may be turned off by the off-key chanting and yelling that peppers their releases. Some people won't like the heavy use of uncongenial instruments such as the marimba, bouzouki, veena, and accordion. But, I'd be willing to bet that everyone would agree that there's no one out there quite like the quirky ...

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Yochk'o Seffer Big Band: YOG 3

Read "YOG 3" reviewed by Michael Askounes


To say that Yochk'o Seffer's Big Band release YOG 3 is an acquired taste is an incredible understatement. This is Jazz in Opposition at its core - the musical landscapes used here most certainly have their roots in music other than the traditional Western composers. I'll be right up front about YOG 3 - with a few exceptions, I found the music to be incredibly difficult to wade through and very grating on the ears. However, I would guess that ...


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