CD REVIEW: Slow Burining Car - The Scattering (VOL. 2)
By Cyrus Rhodes
"Spiropoulos is a modern day Frank Zappa."
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Slow Burning Car
Genre: Progressive, Psychadelic Punk Rock
Sounds Like: Faith No More, Ozzy Ozborne, Black Sabbath
Marketability, Commercial Value, Musical Identify Crisis
LA based Slow Buring Car releases their second release" The Scattering Volume 2 in the June 18, 2009. Based on what I’ve seen on their My Space Page this 5 piece should offer a huge amount of musical variety.
Logging in at just over 46 minutes the CD kicks “Adama” a interesting intro piece that serves up a barrage of progressive rock soundscapes, catchy vocal accents, & rich melodic layering from lead singer Troy Spiropoulos. Track 2 :”Ghola” shifts gears a bit with driving rhythms, more distorted guitar attack, & sinister vocal accents from Spiropoulos reminiscent of Ozzy Osborne. Track 3 “Zeus” serves up interesting guitar ambience, & Progressive Rock persona reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath. As the CD unfolds SBC is one band that is to say the least challenging to pigeonhole, or classify. Go to their My Space Page & you will read their tag line “The True Diversity of Rock” – this is 100% accurate. Look at their influences you will notice a lot of bands ranging from Roxy Music, to The Rolling Stones, from Slayer to Queens of the Stone Age. This musical diversity transcends into Spiropoulos’ vocal style. Along the way you will hear vocal influences ranging from Anthony Keidis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Patton (Faith No More) & Ozzy Osborne (Black Sabbath).SBC crosses so many musical boundaries offering flashes of hi- Adrenalin Punk, R&B, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, & even Heavy Metal. Many songs on this CD will take you in a million different directions. SBC also brings to the table a wide range of instrumentation. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere from sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, driving drums, piano, to exotic synthesizer & keyboard accents. The overdubbing is packed to the hilt, & is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. From hard hitting “Blowback” & “In the Trees” to hooky “Marry Me” to passionate “Siren” there's not a dull moment on the entire production. “Call My Bluff” & “First Class” cross the line into R&B territory while “Harcum Scarum” will remind you of Cheap Trick. The CD ends with “Fabians Stroll” a tripped out finale statement painted against a canvass of bluesy, psychedelic rock. I believe this last song personifies what Spiropoulos & Co. are really all about.
“The Scattering VOL. 2” is a bit all over the place. Though it offers a huge amount of musical diversity, & variety – it crosses to many musical boundaries. At the end of the day it spreads itself way too thin. Due to this Musical Identity Crisis created by SBC many of the songs don’t even sound like the same band. Like the aforementioned, this all transcends into the vocals, as Spiropoulos doesn't sound like the same singer song to song. Eventually you come to a place where you just roll with it, but at the end of the day the CD suffers from an Identify Crisis.
From start to finish “The Scattering” VOL 2” is one of the most tripped out musical experience I’ve ever encountered. It’s strength is its amazing originality, rich sonic layering, & unique musical personality. Musically it’s extremely consistent, & very original. The musicianship is clearly above the bar, & it’s obvious Spiropoulos is the brain child behind this entire operation. Spiropoulos deserves a lot of credit here, for sharing with us his amazing musical vision, & passionate vocal feel.. I would even go so far as to say Spiropoulos is a modern day Frank Zappa. Make no bones about it SBC is one of those bands that’s extremely hard to pin down But is you long for a more tripped out musical experience, astray from the mainstream standard - then you should definitely dedicate 46 minutes to Slow Buring Car’s "The Scattering” When the ride is finally over you will be dazzled by it’s originality, overwhelmed by it’s mystery, and mesmerized by it’s sheer unpredictability.
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