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The following reviews are of bands carried by Juke Box Media
“Living To Die” (6 Tracks. 25:10. Cronic Faith) USA
Listening to this disc I am reminded of my adolescence. Back in those days are when real Heavy Metal was emerging in bands like Metallica, Exciter, Moterhead, Trauma, and a whole host of bands that no longer exist. Anyway, this disc really does sound like some of those early releases. Cronic sounds like they could’ve appeared on one of the early Metal Massacre compilation albums by Metal Blade. It is raw and probably recorded “live” in the studio. It is a demo basically. So, if you are into the old school of Metal you’ll dig this. They even have a Mob Rules sort of front cover. If you are into grunge, ska, or Pantera you will not like this album—although the vocals occasionally sound punkish, but that’s where early metal came from. Don’t expect musical perfection on this disc. Expect to hear a band in development.
Lyrically, this disc is very straight forward. I would compare their lyrics and approach similar to other “mission” bands like Ultimatum and Eternal Decision. They are aimed at trying to reach non-Christians. At times they are cliché-ish, but again, I think we are seeing a band in development.
For those who need a Christian comparison I would loosely compare them to Saint's Warriors Of The Son EP. Not so much in style as in impression. Now let me see, both bands are from Washington State and make their debut with a six song retro-Metal style. What do you think?
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27005 NE 103rd Ave
Battleground, WA 98604
“Mummified Priest” (12 tracks. 52:42)
Though their album cover, track listing, and name suggest Death Metal, the Dead Pharisees are anything but. This quartet from the frozen reaches of Alaska more closely resemble a cross between the Crucified and MXPX. The album fluctuates between some high-speed Thrash Punk that strongly reminds of Crucified’s self-titled album, to some ska-like upbeat clean guitar licks on occasion. More often than not they play the "old school” Punk style than the MXPX/Green Day 90’s commercial “punk”. And they seem to steer away from the Hardcore sound of many of the Tooth and Nail bands. I challenge anyone to deny that they sound like early Crucified. Finally, from the artwork to the song titles, this album carries with it a polemical theme which rails against the corruption within the church, something we all need to work on.
“Hot!” (9 Tracks. 39:20)
Take a trip back to the 70’s with me to a time when bands like Cream and Jethro Tull were cool. If that sounds like a good trip to you I recommend you check this one out. Holy Fire, for all their straight-ahead, tell it like it is Gospel lyrics, have created a sound which is fun and very, very retro. We live in a day when musical styles change from week to week and once in a while you long for something that is timeless musically. That is what this is. The singer, Chuck Carroll, could easily pass for Crème era Eric Clapton which is appropriate when you hear the bluesy rock guitar he plays. And there is even a Tull-like flute on the song “Deliverance”. One highlight on this disc is the ballad, “To the Holy One”. Again, we hear Clapton’s influence. There are, of course, 7 other songs in the same vein, very consistent blues rock accented by female vocals.
Contact: Bill Sherman
13702 NE Brazee Court
Portland, OR 97230
“New Jerusalem”(9 Tracks. 47:27) USA
Speaking of bands that remind, here comes New Jerusalem with a big 70’s rock sound. From the ads I’ve seen they make no bones about the fact they are copycats. The opening song, “Living In The Light” certainly brings to mind AC/DC as well as the first X-Sinner album. The second song, “Take Me Home” reminds me of Genesis/Phil Collins. Then comes, “Judgement Day”, which is a Led Zepplin sound alike. And so the story goes. Vocally Andrew Olson does his imitations of Brian Johnson, young Robert Plant, and Axel Rose. Of the three he should stick to Robert Plant because he’s quite good at that one. Interestingly, the most satisfying music on this disc is the mellow stuff, particularly, “A Melody, A Symphony, A Song”. All in all it’s an interesting album with more soulful music than most 80’s and 90’s pop.
Some bands can record an album with various styles and it goes well for them. On this album, however, where most songs are imitations of different bands, it feels a little more schizophrenic. But, it is a good rock album.
“Oreology” (8 Tracks. 32:02) USA
This is really cool and unusual. How can I describe it? It is an instrumental album much like Koinonia or Herb Alpert used to put out except that it has cranking guitars throughout. Also, this is an Hispanic group that plays a very Latin American style of music, very melodic, danceable, jazzy, and the instrumentalists are incredible. Aside from the drums, bass, and guitar are trombone, sax, trumpets, violin, and flute. It’s like Miriachi with a shredding guitar, jazz bass, and someone like Neal Peart on drums—his name is Voyce McGinley. At the end of the first track, “La Perla”, bassist Carlos Soto goes into a rendition of “Moonlight Sonata”. It is just incredible. On “Picante” he does some fancy Spanish style playing right before guitarist Alexis Llorens takes off on a lead. By far, this is one of the best and most entertaining instrumental CD’s I’ve ever heard. Other tracks include, “Borincano”, “Picante”, “Eterno Romance”, which sounds like some of the instrumentals the Beach Boys did from Pet Sounds on, and “Wind of Faith”.
338 N. New Hampshire
Las Angeles, CA 90004