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Angle 39 - Zombies In A Mineshaftdotdotdot
artworkThis first issue for Angle 39 is a boutique of surf instros, presented in honest though limited cassette sound. Good performances of original music in strait forward presentations. Mostly trio arrangements that a second guitar would fill out, allowing the melodic nature to emerge.
Picks: Echo Chamber, Cinnamon Wolf, Leper's Blood, XX Tragedy, It Moves At Night, Standard Brew, Born To Death, Green Honey, Vertigo, Fallen Kingdoms, Devil's Burrow, Zombies In A Mineshaft, Chupacabra's Overture, Hotel Of Haunts, 39 Coils, God's Empty Martyr

Track by Track Review


Echo Chamber dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky thick progression based surf, employing a rock rhythm section, and a surfed lead. Not very melodic, but energetic and full.

Cinnamon Wolf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool track, using damped and open guitars, fresh melody and style ideas, twang, and spice. Nicely thought out. The variations make the progression work.

Leper's Blood dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dramatic, chunk based spy influenced, broodingly sinister. Power chord twang and pomp, interspersed with delicate elements.

XX Tragedy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dos Equis inspired or double X rated, this progressional instro seems like it needs a more definite melody. The structure is interesting, but lacks a strong focus.

It Moves At Night dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twisted malingering at the edge of darkness. The bent string focus is unusual, but the focal point of a strong melody seems lacking, though in part that is due to a single guitar.

Standard Brew dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky reverbed damped and open playing, a cool idea, and a solid performance. It seems to me that songs like this would really benefit from a strong twin guitar presentation. Nice twang chords.

Born To Death dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The guitar lines reminded me of Armageddon's "Buzzard," with that sort of intended intensity, but with surf direction and nods to Dick Dale with some punctuated notes.

Green Honey dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky chord dominated tune. It seems to me to be without enough central melody focus. More a progression than I care for.

Vertigo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky weirdness, cool tones, haunted bayou dizziness. It's a definite mood setter, an ambiance creator. Not exactly a song, but a fine creative effort. Strangely, I found this to be my favorite track on this release.

Fallen Kingdoms dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Effected guitar, spun sensuality, and good surfy ideas, in a pretty mean delivery. A solid surf track.

Devil's Burrow dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool surf chops, spunky funky playfulness, and a very unusual bit of writing. This is a very creative track, and it's well worth a listen. Power chord amped, surf damped, and fun. A slower more moody, near romantic middle part.

Zombies In A Mineshaft dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A furrowed brow, a sideways glance, and a structurally sound backtrack, but seemingly shy of a melodic focus. Dramatic, but not interesting enough.

Chupacabra's Overture dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Harmonic notes, chord chunk, damped chop, and twango, combine well enough. Not very melodic, but interesting enough, with variations contributing to extended attention. Nice track.

Hotel Of Haunts dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Little furry mythologies and great damped reverbed guitar, with a sad and mysterious lead. You can just see the little goat's blood suckers sneaking across your back pasture, lurking at the edges of the shadows, just out of reach. This is a very unusual and interesting track.

39 Coils dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Veiled images, transparent lurkings, chunky damped evil, punctuated with lashing out and twang. Another in the dark image tunes that shows a unique writing style, and definite sense of drama.

God's Empty Martyr dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow, moody, twang dominated. This presents a scene of lurking danger. A different approach for Angle 39. Delicate, but dramatic.