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 Random Reviews: Perpetual Hype Engine
Although Perpetual Hype Engine list Zeppelin and Floyd as influences (facetiously, I'd guess) "Unpacified," from their 1999 release entitled, "CyberChrist," is more reminiscent of Ministry's "Stigmata"; the music is fast, violent, psychotic and disturbed and the lyrics are delivered via throaty shouts and growls. Perpetual Hype Engine have refined the "scream-band" technique (a style too-often heard from young white males in the Detroit area) to an art form, making them the only band I've heard that can pull it off convincingly. Combining guitar-crunching metal with stark electronic embellishments, PHE creates a sonic landscape fraught with dangers or thrills depending on your perspective. This is musical testosterone plugged into a 640v transformer while standing in a puddle of your own piss. I've heard a lot about Perpetual Hype Engine in the two years I've volunteered for michigangaritsts.com, specifically that they are one of the most exciting live bands in Detroit. Is it true, or is it Hype Engine? You be the judge.

-Mitch

Check out Perpetual Hype Engine's new website for more information.
Posted by Chief Editor on Saturday, September 22, 2001 @ 10:13:53 EDT (3353 reads)
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Topic: Music Reviews


 Random Reviews: Fuze
artist: Fuze
song - Complicated Man

Think we only do rock, pop and hip hop? Then you've never heard of FUZE, an extrememly talented jazz fusion band out of Southfield, MI. Listing Steely Dan, Jeff Beck, Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Return to Forever, Medeski Martin & Wood, Liquid Soul, and Morphine as influences, Fuze borrows from all these amazing artiists to create musician's music of the first caliber. "Complicated Man," from their 1998 release entitled "Blown," reminds me of Al Dimeola's work in the eighties. Good stuff if you're a guitar freak or just a bandhead who appreciates quality musicianship.

- Mitch
Posted by Chief Editor on Saturday, September 15, 2001 @ 11:31:30 EDT (3660 reads)
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Topic: Music Reviews


 Red Dye 9 has new website
Pop rockers Red Dye Nine have a new website that, if you don't mind those irritating pop-ups from Hypermart, does the job adequately. Ok, forget their stupid website, just click "Read More" below and go see Red Dye 9 live at any of the venues and dates listed. I caught them at the Magic Bag last year and they didn't waste my time. It's Power pop with a gritty edge and a sincere delivery; these guys believe in writing great songs and to hell with the rest - which is probably why they don't bother with making good websites. Click "Read More" and go see them live.

-Mitch
Posted by Chief Editor on Saturday, September 15, 2001 @ 09:54:18 EDT (4470 reads)
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Topic: Michigan Bands News


 Moto earns the right to your wallet
Feel the need to do something destructive in light of recent events? Well don't - because we've still got good music to take your mind off revenge. Moto (formerly Mild Seven) from Grand Rapids, will surprise and delight you with their powerful guitars, profound arrangements and surprising creativity.

"The good stuff just keeps coming. By track four, Moto has earned the right to get into your wallet. "

Click "Read More" below for a track by track review by Mitch Phillips.
Posted by Chief Editor on Friday, September 14, 2001 @ 23:06:22 EDT (2684 reads)
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 Terror and Heartbreak
Our heartfelt sorrow and prayers go out to the victims and the family of the victims of yesterday's tragedies in New York City, The Pentagon and Pittsburg.
Our pity goes out to the misguided fools who think this can somehow make the world a better place. There is no music in your heart and the shadows of our anguish will follow you into the hearafter.

-Mitch
Posted by Chief Editor on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 @ 06:04:16 EDT (2378 reads)
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Topic: Michigan Bands News


 Random Reviews: Steven K's Parlour Dogs
Artist - Steven K's Parlour Dogs
Song - Dancing For The Queen
"Dancing for the Queen" by Steven K's Parlour dogs takes me back to days when classically influenced rock was dominating the AOR charts in the early seventies. The opening reminds me of a royal arabesque or minuet (but in common time) then takes off in a Kansas-flavored theme, building to an open jam and then resolving just where it left off. Elaborately orchestrated and arranged, "Dancing for the Queen" is a rarity in contemporary pop in both it's length and complexity. I miss the days when listenig to a piece music was an experience in itself.

- Mitch
Posted by Chief Editor on Saturday, September 08, 2001 @ 16:05:05 EDT (3084 reads)
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Topic: Opinion


 Sean Barrett Online
Sean Barrett, one of Michigan's best and most versatile guitarists, has emerged with a new online presence at SeanBarrett.Net. As well as including the usual contact, calendar, press clippings and biographical information, the virtuoso/teacher has also thought to include a page for online guitar lessons.

"There will be plenty of mp3's ranging from traditional Classical and Flamenco repertoire, original nylon string compositions, and innovative progressive-rock instrumentals," reads his greeting. Barrett is also starting a mailing list that will include updates, performance schedules and 'tons of pratice tips.." Click "Read More" to find out more.
Posted by Chief Editor on Thursday, September 06, 2001 @ 19:28:07 EDT (2913 reads)
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Topic: Featured


 Random Reviews: Liquid Road
Band - Liquid Road
Song - Spirit of Contingency

Starting with a simple acoustic lick, paralleled by a feeble melody line and trailed by a wandering fuzz guitar, scattered drums and vocals that would make even the employees of Star Trax blush, Liquid Road is an example of what happens when someone brings home that first four-track after three weeks of guitar lessons. If you'd like a vicarious peek into the bedroom of every fourteen year-old boy with dreams of stardom, then Liquid Road is your case study of the embryonic stage of every musician. Although it's awful, it's an interesting yet painful listen. Liquid Road is fearless in their pursuit of lyric, melody, rhythm, meter and tone. One wonders which of these four will be discovered by the band first. As for "Spirit of Contingency", I'll entrust Webster's to give us a clue: Contingent - 2 : not logically necessary - 3 : intended for use in circumstances not completely foreseen. True that.

- Mitch
Posted by Chief Editor on Monday, September 03, 2001 @ 11:02:11 EDT (2806 reads)
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