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Week 43

Issue 33 - updated 17th October

·Release of the week

MC Saizmundo

·Other albums this week

Bill Madden / Edenbridge / Flipping The Pig / Flipping The Pig / Logh / Smeer / Umphrey’s McGee / Various Artists; Beatmart Recordings – Best of the Submissions / Various Artists; Dim Apathi - Cerddoriaeth Gymreag Gyfoes

 

·         All releases are out now unless otherwise noted

·         All reviews written by Hans Jįkup Eišisgarš

 

Release of the week:

 

MC Saizmundo; Blaen Troedar

Dockrad Records

I am not going to say much about this artist, but what I am going to say should make you log unto the website of their record label and find out how to buy the CD right away. It’s that good. We’re talking hip-hop here, but not just any type of hip-hop. Actutally I think I would say that this is the best hip-hop CD I’ve heard all year. Like all other music, or most of it anyway, that has come from Dockrad Records this is Welch music and all the lyrics are sung (or rapped) in Welch. I have no idea what he’s saying as I can’t understand a word of Welch (how can it be that people in UK speak a language that’s that different??), but I sure like what I hear. Fans of intelligent of original hip-hop do yourselves a favor and check this out. www.dockrad.com (JJJJJ-)

 

Other albums this week:

 

Bill Madden; Samsara’s Grip

Madmuse

There’s already been quite of bit of controversy concerning this release. Or let’s say concerning the artwork of this release, which features a three-year old boy (Bill Madden himself) playing in the garden only in his underpants but with his penis sticking out. Journalists have been all over this calling it wrong and lots of other things, but considering that we’re talking about a photo of the man playing the music on this disc (when he was three, mind you) I think it’s rather harmless. Musically this is a good singer/songwriter album that sounds more like Lenny Kravits than Will Young. So forget everything I just said about that picture and concentrate on the music, because that’s where the focus really should be. (JJJJ--)

 

Edenbridge; Shine

Massacre Records

(Provided by Intromental Management)

I must admit that up until now I haven’t been the biggest Edenbridge fan walking the face of the earth. Not that they’ve been bad or anything, I just found a lot of other stuff more worthy of my time, but this is all starting to change with the new album “Shine.” Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of Nightwish lately that I am this much into it. I realise that Edenbridge and Nightwish aren’t exactly sharing the same musical vision, but for me there’s more than one thing that ties the two of them together and with Nightwish quite possibly hitting the majors hard in the next months, Edenbridge should be strive to be next in line. Beautiful. (JJJJ--) Release date: 25th October 2004

 

Flipping The Pig; Flipping The Pig

Self-release (JJJ---)

 

Flipping The Pig; Giving It To Myself

Self-released (JJJ---)

Flipping The Pig is yet another home-recording one-man project having two albums under the belt. Does the world really need anymore of those you ask, but let me tell you one thing, you never know where the next big thing is coming from, so the obvious answer is yes. Besides if you don’t like what you hear, don’t listen! Not to say that Flipping The Pig is the next big thing, though. I can’t see Jeff Mansk aka Flipping The Pig making it big in a million years, but he is, however, refreshingly different from a lot of stuff that’s out there. I have no idea how to describe Flipping The Pig, but perhaps the best I can do is saying that this is a cross between folk-rock and indie-pop, but just without sounding too much like other stuff within these genres, alright? And what’s up with those fake horns?

 

Logh; The Raging Sun

Bad Taste Records

(Provided by Fanatic Promotion)

Now Logh’s “The Raging Sun” finally sees a US-release after being released in Europe in May 2003 and it’s definitely an album that should be well-accepted in the states. Hailing from Lund, Sweden, Logh are somewhat different from what normally lands on my desk as far as Swedish music goes, but that’s probably because it’s mostly metal and punk labels that tend to send me Swedish stuff. Anyways, Logh are a great band which they first proved with their greatly titled 2002 release “Every Time A Bell Rings, An Angel Gets His Wings.” On “The Raging Sun” Logh start out rather slowly, going on in a indie-pop kind of way and just when you think they’ll never rock out they kick into some serious emotive hardcore in track six before they slow things all the way down again. (JJJJ--)

 

Smeer; Dischord

Lion Music

Just a few months after having reviewed the previous Lion Music release by metal band Smeer another album lands in my mailbox. Musically it’s pretty much along the lines of the previous effort, which by any means is quite different from most Lion Music release even though we’re clearly on heavy metal ground here. Lion Music mostly specialised in progressive and melodic hard rock and metal, but these guys fall a little bit outside of that categorisation. It’s mid tempo metal featuring mid ranged vocals along the lines of Metallica + a few grunge-isms thrown in for good measure. Definitely one of the most catchy bands on Lion Music these days. (JJJJ--)

 

Umphrey’s McGee; Anchor Drops

Sci Fidelity Records

Supposedly a progrock group just playing for the fun of it, but they sure sound like serious business. These are serious players and composers and established progrock acts can start to look nervously over their shoulders if this continues. Still, this is not the type of progrock that would hit it home right away in Europe. It missed that psychedelic touch to do so, although there’s the occasional King Crimson and Frank Zappa influence to spot at times. My personal favourites on “Anchor Drops” are: “Plunger” – an all over the place progrock track that just has something about it that reminds me of King’s X. Then there’s “Jajunk pt. I” that’s more of a progpop number sounding like I imagine Jughead would sound if they slowed down. Another cool track is “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” which sounds like a classical piece in progrock settings. And last but not least there’s the instrumental “Robot World” – man have you got a good drummer there boys. (JJJJ--) 

 

Various Artists; Beatmart Recordings – Best of the Submissions

Beatmart Recordings

(Provided by Sphere Publicty)

Beatmart Recordings is a new American hip-hop label started by Todd Collins who’s known for his involvement in Gotee Records as well as having worked with successful bands such as the million-selling DC Talk and Reality Check just to name two. The first release to drop from the new label is this compilation CD, which the album-title probably already has told you is a submission CD, meaning that artists have sent in their songs whereof the 19 best have been chosen to be on this CD alongside an intro and outro by compiler and producer DJ Morhiziz. There are a few established hip-hop names on this disc such as KJ52, Manchild and Sev Static to name a few, but mostly we’re talking new names here. The biggest name to appear on this comp, though, is tobyMac of DC Talk fame, here together with label-owner Todd Collins on “Yes Yes Y’all.” My favourite cuts on this disc, however, are “Champion” by white Eminem sound-a-like KJ52 and “Survive” by Rob Hodge. (JJJJ--)

 

Various Artists; Dim Apathi - Cerddoriaeth Gymreag Gyfoes

Dockrad Records

This compilation CD is rocksolid proof that there’s more to Welch music than Manic Street Preachers, Funeral For A Friend and Feeder. This is a compilation featuring 15 tracks by 15 different Welch artists either singing in Welch or English. Musically we touch hip-hop, triphop, indie, pop, rock and other cool electronic genres. There’s lots of talent to spot here, although MC Mabon and Pep Le Pew are a step ahead of the rest judging from the material present, but other highlights include Skep’s “Bam Bam”, which sounds like Moby singing in Welch and Metahead’s “Headliner” which sounds like a more energy filled Air (you know, that French super-outfit). The more rock-oriented stuff reminds of me of what’s going on within the Faroese and Icelandic music scene at the moment. Maybe we aren’t so different after all. (JJJJ--) 

 

 

Hans Jakup Eidisgard, PO BOX 38, FO-470 Eidi, Faroe Islands, Via Denmark

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