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Covering Your Tracks – 32


..and we’re back! Warning, this weeks CYT featured track may result in volume control abuse.

I recently came across Monkey3‘s 2009 release Undercover. As the title hints at, this album is all covers. Monkey3 is a psychedelic, progressive rock band that plays intense instrumental music. Undercover is no exception. Well, except for the covers of Kiss’ “Watchin’ You” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” where they utilize vocals for the first time.

The opening track is a cover of a song by a band I’d never heard previously, Archive. The track is called “Numb” and it is from Archive’s 2002 release You All Look the Same to Me.

To say “Numb” is a good cover would be doing it an injustice. While the basic structure remains intact, Monkey3 tears it up. M3 remove the vocals and add distortion and an eerie vibe, making for something entirely different from the original. To say it is a good song would also be doing it an injustice. This track is fucking awesome. It is heart-achingly, neck-breakingly good. It is getting out of your chair at work, jumping up and down, playing that air guitar for all its worth good.

Wait ’til you hear it!
[ Numb | 05:29 | 8.8mb | mp3 ]
See what I mean? What a crackin’ track. As last.fm commenters thawey and sploosh999 wrote on the track’s last.fm page: repeat, repeat, repeat!! And, as you can tell from the last.fm feed over there, I’ve done just that.

Here is the original by Archive.

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Free Music Good..

..good music free is even better. I’ve posted about a couple of bands on this blog that offer some of their music for free; Dramatic Sin‘s first two eps are available free from Jamendo, Another Vertigo Rush who offers their album Murphy’s Law for download, and Battling Delirium offers 2 albums free as well (after a quick signup).

I thought I’d let you know of a couple more artists who have music to share for free;

Kieth Merrow, technical metal guitar wizard, who just released his third album Awaken the Stone King (which I’ll be posting on shortly), offers his first two releases, Lonestar Transcend and The Arrival gratis. Just hit the downloads page and scroll down.

Another generous artist, Joseph Kenyon, the genius behind Runined Machines furnishes all his tunes for love and no money. Just hit the Music link and click Download Now.

These are great artists who do what they do for the love of music, and present their art for no charge because they want to spread that love. If they decide to start charging, and who can begrudge them that, then they’ve a built in fanbase ready to buy. In the meantime, though, thanks awesome musicians for the great music.

Anyway, go, grab this great music whilst its still free. :)

Another Vertigo Rush

Continuing what seems to be a theme for, let’s say, March, another band with the inevitable Tool comparison– Another Vertigo Rush. AVR is an experimental/progressive/metal/psychedelic band from New Delhi. Yes, they sound a little like Tool, but you can hear influences from myriad styles/artists in AVR’s music.

Like 70’s psychedelia with a ’10s twist. A little thrash mixed with nu-metal. Big riffs, a lot of bass, classic rock lead guitar virtuosity. Atmospheric and like a punch to the chest at the same time. They aren’t trying to be one thing, but a living thing, constantly changing.

Breaking through to the mainstream ‘scene’ was/is/never will be the band’s top priority, however, An understanding of their music – whether with approval or disapproval is something that the band feels strongly about.

Just the understanding…”

Well, I approve, and I think I understand. Its pretty heady stuff.

[ Phase II from 2008’s Murphy’s Law | 04:25 | 4.75mb | mp3 ]

You can grab the ep Murphy’s Law free from the band’s official website. You can also find them on MySpace.