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Current Rotation – 5/3/2012


Born To Hula have recently released a new album titled Tales of Love. I like this album because of the diversity. I remember with their last release all I could help but think was Queens of the Stone Age. I still think that with this album big time but it appears they’ve reached down and pulled a little Jimi Hendrix and other late 60’s, early 70’s psych rock in. There seems to be a little ode to Songs For The Deaf in the beginning of song 3, “No Regret” with the tuning of the radio to a station before the song starts. Tales of Love isn’t as heavy as their previous release but rocks out pretty hard. The desert rock like tunes keep you moving and grooving to the beat from start to finish. Look for a vinyl release this coming October.

This is a new one that popped up in the mail recently. Rise of the Willing is a doom metal band from California. I’ve had ample time to listen to and enjoy their release Dark Desert Tales. This one is an adreneline pumper. It’s thick and heavy as fuck. Think The Melvins, Red Fang and add in some Prong and Crowbar for some good measure. There plenty of thick and heavy bass lines throughout too. This is a really aggressive album, it’s not for the faint of heart, children or the elderly. If your wife/girlfriend is a girly girly, keep her away too.

Seven That Spells were featured here before but I never really talked about their latest album The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock: AUM. First I have to ask, how do you like your space and kraut rock? If you answered heavy, hypnotic, trancey, psychedelic, full of effects and just all around awesome, you’ve got the right album. Even of you didn’t answer that you should still check them out. This isn’t a normal walk in the park album either, it’s massive. An hour long album with two tracks over the 18 minute mark.The music itself will get you high, it’s that damn good.

Here’s another band that caught me by surprise. I even had to do a double take. The band is Vile Red Falcons and they’re from Tacoma, Washington. Their style is mostly classic rock with some southern rock influences in which I hear some Molly Hatchet and even Lynyrd Skynyrd. Perhaps a hint of Thin Lizzy can be caught in there too as well as some of the spunk that is often displayed by The Foo Fighters. This isn’t your Daddy’s music though as it’s got plenty of modern elements to give it that “newer” personality. The songs are a powerful rip roaring time, very entertaining and put together really nicely. Under Your Skin isn’t about one tempo either. The album does have it’s own slower and mellower song in “Devil Send.” It could easily pass as their own “Simple Man.”  “Double Fault,” which is the closing track could be their “Freebird.”

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