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“Splyacopa” by Splyacopa

Artist: Spylacopa
Title: “Spylacopa” EP
Label: Rising Pulse Records
Release Date:
Genre: Avant-garde Metal
Rating: 4/5

Let’s take a single member from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Candiria, Isis and Made Out Of Babies and put them into a group of their own to see what comes of it. Of course to many of you the very idea of such a thing might be making you scratch your head in wonder or curiosity about what purpose this would even serve but when you start spinning the EP from Spylacopa you will be pleasantly surprised by the results. I had to admit that I approached this one with a little bit of hesitation myself but since I knew the capabilities of the individual members from seeing their respective bands I had to say that I was intrigued. The five song EP presents music from a band that is far different than anything that you have heard these musicians do before and in all honesty it is really, really good. Formed by guitarist John LaMacchia (Candiria), the band features Greg Puciato (TDEP), Jeff Caxide (Isis) and Julie Christmas (Made Out Of Babies) who together deliver elements of Alt-Metal with doses of Psychedelic, Proto-Punk and Progressive tossed in for good measure. It’s an interesting listen to say the least and while it starts off with a thrashing on “Haunting A Ghost”, Puciato does not maintain a screaming register for the whole track and instead sings in melodic tones during the chorus break which shifts the gears of the track very much.
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“Busted” by Alien Ant Farm

Artist: Alien Ant Farm
Title: “Busted: The Definitive DVD”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 7/18/2006
Genre: Alt-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Out of the crop of new younger bands that launched off on MTV I had to give some amount of credit to Alien Ant Farm for at least being heavy on more occasions than they were not. I admit that most of the Nu and Alt-Metal players were never this Reporters line of interest but the band had some catchy songs, with their biggest hit being a rocking cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. I don’t think the gloved-one every imagined his song being done with an almost Metal vibe to it. Songs like “These Days” and “She’s Only Evil” were pretty good as well but it seemed like MTV and their viewing generation was moving more towards R&B and Hip Hop, leaving “Rock” to be delivered by artists as James Blunt and others like that (dry, desperate and sad with no power or overall hook if you asked me). The DVD is a great treat for the bands fans as not only does it collect all of their videos but it also gives you a full concert (song list lined out below) for you to enjoy from a performance in Germany. The shoot is pretty straight-forward but shows the band doing their thing as they execute their brand of material very well. Those who are not much aware of their sound should look into a couple of the referenced songs since it offered a little difference from the Creed and Evanescence type of stuff that was beginning to dominate at the time. Alien Ant Farm is Dryden Mitchell (vocals), Joe Hill (guitar), Alex Barreto (bass) and Mike Cosgrove (drums). This is not a bad purchase and certainly gives the music fan a fair amount for the money.
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