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30 July, 2012

Electric Moon - Thunderclap

Electric Moon - Thunderclap (song review) |self-released, Oleander EP, 2012| 5/5 progrock classic rock

This four piece band was established in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in late 2010 by experienced musicians who have not only played music for a majority of their lifetime, but who are well trained in graphic design and have an understanding of history and world affairs relevant to the decade of war in Iraq. Their debut EP brings four sonically diversified songs with "Thunderclap" ending the tracklist.

“Thunderclap” is an instrumental song - a fusion of many genres ranging from traditional rock, through progressive rock to nostalgic jazz, blues and classical music where accents are laid on the guitars, drums and piano the most. While the first two instruments along with the bass represent the rock connection, the piano makes a traditional approach into this composition.
Various artist such as Queen or Deep Purple are evident influences on this track which is over 6 minutes long. The song is rich in moods, however there's always one solid, rhythmic vibe brought upon by the percussion and individual soloing that stands out to draw the ear. The arrangements seem to be orchestrated since they tactfully repeat.

This is a song which could perfectly illustrate a short movie. “Thunderclap” includes a variety
of contrasting elements which solidify it's impact on the listener. Brian Ritchie on bass along with drums by Michael Ryce build solid, non-detachable structures for all parts of this composition. Notable guitar riffs by Jake Gordin recall the styles of Hendrix as they scream and cry in high octaves. Lastly, Stuart Parker utilizes piano pirouettes like a ballet dancer on top of them all.
When it comes to the arrangements, silence plays an important part in this composition as well since it has been an extremely meaningful element for music through the centuries. Classical music is a prime example of how silence can craft moods and underline specific moments a listener should focus on.

These four musicians definitely know how to score professional music and should feel proud of their skills. "Thunderclap" is a song recommended to fans of classic and progressive rock who additionally look beyond these genres.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Magazine, July 23th, 2012)

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05 July, 2012

GODCOMPLEX - Life's Deception

GODCOMPLEX - Life's Deception (song review) |self-released, 2012| 4/4

"Life's Deception" is a brand new song that is to be released on the Hymns for the Faithless album which is scheduled for August 2012.
This highly dynamic track has been written, recorded and performed by only two musicians, which you may find surprising in terms of the overall powerful vibes of their music. Moreover, John Spangler (lead guitar, bass, production) and Rod Pagel (lyrics, vocals, rhythm guitar, drum programming) who comprise the line-up of the band, also played together in a thrash metal/punk band called Maniacal Genocide that was founded in 1987. They now collaborate on-line due to the fact that they live in different states. All the music was composed by John and the vocals were written by Rod.

The song starts directly with guitar, bass and drums in unison, followed by very synchronized and cleverly matching vocals. Chunky guitar riffs do not overlay the entire composition, but add an edgy rhythm in the background. The bass lines and drum beats will make you think faster. Rod's voice holds a characteristic tune, yet sounds understandable. This aspect is very important since the voice is realistically an instrument in the context of a musical composition. At the same time, Rod sounds angry and rebellious which almost automatically draws the attention of rock and metal listeners.
"Life's Deception" contains pure sparkling vitality that is reminiscent to the music of bands such as The Union Underground, Powerman 5000 and Monster Magnet. Last but not least, it sounds like a man's song, so it must be a testosterone driven thing which glues these bands together with self-confidence, motion and power.Spinning, syncopated dynamics, simple yet wise arrangements as well as a straight-forward vibe should make this track famous. Godcomplex should keep submitting "Life's Deception" for all sorts of opportunities such as compilations, movie placement, college radio playlists and especially, perform it live during rock & metal festivals. They may also consider incorporating at least two or more musicians for live shows for this reason as well.
"Life's Deception" is a guitar driven and catchy song that has instant hit potential, while repetitive lyrics make it very memorable.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Magazine, June 29th, 2012)

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