Author: Dana K. Young

Kama Loka – Kama Loka

“Kama-Loka” is a term, literally translated as “desire-world”, describing a number of the Buddhist planes of existence, specifically those which are governed by the senses. It’s a semi-material, mostly unseen place which permeates and encompasses the earth. The musical material permeating and encompassing “Kama Loka”, the self-titled EP by the group of the same name, does much to capture the meaning of the term. The five songs present here—three with vocal accompaniment, two of a longer instrumental form—possess qualities paradoxical, a trade-off (and sometimes co-existence) in mood and execution between content that is equally otherworldly but grounded in the Old...

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Kyte – Love to Be Lost

Some musical worlds are easily entered. The door doesn’t stick. The stuff beyond is pleasant, dynamic though not to the point of overburdening those that hear it. Getting there—maybe even wanting to hang around—is as simple as closing eyes and opening ears. The lush, ten-tune landscape of emotional terraforming that is Leicestershire Electro-Pop trio Kyte’s fourth LP, “Love to Be Lost”, is one such place. There is a sound of sunny weather in even the most dramatic runs and darkest lyrical phrasings displayed by vocalist Nick Moon’s whispery, accent-colored high tenor and falsetto. The precision grooves and steady percussive...

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Ghost Avenue – Ghost Avenue

From the mid-seventies through the eighties, the bands of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)—groups like Motorhead, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest—held sway over the eardrums and amplifiers of millions, influencing the ebb and flow of musical tides both mainstream and underground in ways that listeners and practitioners alike are decades later still discovering. Norwegian Classic-Power-Metal band Ghost Avenue’s self-titled LP (released August 2013) is a signed, sealed, delivered love letter not just to the energy and audible legacy of the bands that ruled their radios and record players as they came up; it’s a testament to...

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Nekrogoblikon – Power

Meet John Goblikon. He’s lonely. He’s ages-old. He likes bitches. But, he ain’t—and by definition can’t be—pretty: He’s a goblin, a self-professed Deflowerer of Wenches. And pretty girls, though they sometimes mate with or marry guys with severe appearance deficits, may be a little hesitant to go Goblin. After timeless banishment, Goblikon decided one fateful day that the answer to his solitary, lady-less life was simple: Goblins like Girls. Girls like Rock-stars. Goblin forms Band. Goblin becomes Rock-star. Goblin gets Girls. So now, millennia in the making, L.A.-based sextet Nekrogoblikon cometh…. Be it kitschy or crazy, performance art in...

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Sammy Hagar – Sammy Hagar & Friends

There aren’t many listeners aware of classic and mainstream hard rock over the last thirty or forty years who aren’t aware of Sammy Hagar. From his earliest days as lead vocalist of Montrose through his expansive-and-still-going solo career to his in-the-spotlight residence as post-David Lee Roth Van Halen frontman and his subsequent formation of cantina-rock outfit The Waboritas and blues-jam quartet Chickenfoot, Hagar is a rarity not just for his long-in-the-tooth musical tenure but for his ability to do what he does best while implementing just enough change with each new offering to freshen things up for performer and...

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