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Arcade Messiah – III – Album Review

Arcade Messiah III

Arcade Messiah certainly has a powerful message without uttering a word, let alone sing a multitudes of words – in their third instrumental album III.

The music is powerful heavy to hard rock and the themes are of destruction to our earth, which by going by the name of the group equates to the ‘arcade’ element of our world and lives. Though together with ‘Messiah’ makes it quite scary and sinisterism could enter the fray.

The list of tracks makes sense as you enter a journey of explosive power with Revolver and then you’re bombarded further and have to make sure you’re not overrun in Citadel.

Then if you think the intensity is still going for maximum overload you are blessed with Deliverance, which is a very mellow and soft melodic piece of music to start of with! Things get heated and tries to calm-down midway but doesn’t really. It is if their is a battle within the world or even within ourselves and the mindful electrical waves never seem to want calmness.

Life Clock seems to continue the theme of life and you get periods within the composition of a ‘tick-tock’ lull, but then as life gets upset the music kicks-off again.

The heaviest track on III is Black Tree. This track is full of heavy metal guitar work that even among the dampened chords being played are thunderous doom and darkness.

Once again entering a period of softness and more of a tranquil tune is the last track Sanctuary. The music is more involved and the drumming is busy until the end.

III is available through Bandcamp.

 

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Glasgow Coma Scale -Enter Oblivion – Album Review

Glasgow Coma Scale

Glasgow Coma Scale new album Enter Oblivion has a wide stereo spectrum to the seven instrumental tracks.

The background to this latest release is interesting as parts of the album were recorded some time ago and have formed the basic foundation for new compositions and ideas to enhance and develop this album as a whole.

Glasgow Coma Scale have made this album very complete and when you listen to the tracks they sound fresh and nothing sounds out of place, which is hard to do both musically and sonically if using material recorded some time ago.

What really hooks you is the melody of each track – some with heavy rock guitars, others with jangly soft pop guitars; but the greatest point to really pull this album apart from most music out there, are the pieces of sounds that move in synchronisation with the guitars that really adds that special finesse quality to each track.

There are not many albums that grip you on the first listen as what Glasgow Coma Scale have produced in Enter Oblivion.

Tracks:

  1. Sonda
  2. Southern Cross
  3. Northern Wastes
  4. Venice Calling
  5. Ghost Not Found
  6. Silent Bird
  7. Birthland

Enter Oblivion is available through Fluttery Records [many different options so best page to see the best option for you].

 

Rene Benton – Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] – Album Review

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Rene Benton album Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] is a mixture of rock, metal and acid-rock-jazz  instrumental compositions.

Due to the fact that Rene Benton has served in the US military there are a few tracks that resemble his experiences starting with the first track Push Pull, which is a fairly aggressive piece of music. Then you have the following tracks East Meets West that has some Arabic musical phrasing going on. The intro to Drone 3.3 has some electronic signals effect on the guitar to kind of simulate the starting of this electronic remote control aircraft, while the chugging of the rhythm guitar is part of the mission and the lead guitar is the drone flying effortlessly high-up through the sky. Green Light Go! has a great adrenaline rush feel, well how would you feel if you had to jump out of an aeroplane? Exactly. Well these are the tracks that has been drawn on his global travels with his fellow US Marines.

You then get tracks that have a very different feel like Nation Of Struggle, which changes tempo, notes and style within the composition.

Getting into the space race of completely changing Mankind through computer technology is expressed in Clone Theory.

The next crop of tracks Part Of Me, This Is Life, Thingsz Happen, and V.U.S are more free flowing compositions that burst with perfect fluency and you hear how refined Rene Benton is whether playing raw or neoclassical lead guitar and how he crafts his instrument around what he wants to convey through his music.

Are you going to live or die is the theme of Lyfe Support, with added effects of the heart machine beeping and ambulance coming to the rescue.

Open Air is the last track and finishes the album on a high note.

Xpressions Too!!! [Short Storeez] is available @ CD Baby