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Los Caminos - Cheating Deathdotdotdotdot
11 new tracks from Vancouver's Los Caminos. This third effort contains some really nice tracks. The most notable element of Los Caminos' music is compelling western rhythms.
Picks: Apache Pass, Buena Vista, Incarcerated, Colombian Marching Powder, Gunsmoke, Riptide 63, Big Red Deville, Bailarina Dulce, Chica Caliente, Hodad

Track by Track Review


Apache Pass dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The main riff here is the kind of progression that was commonly developed in the day, giving "Apache Pass" a credible surf connection. The break is similar to xxxxxxxxx. This is a fairly basic number, but it's also satisfying.

Buena Vista dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Buena Vista" begins in a very cool manner, with drama and intrigue. A splendid progression and gruff glissando yields to a catchy melody line. Some double picking, some not, and drums that seem to really hold the song together.

Incarcerated dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Infectious chords, glissandos, gritty tone, and a galloping beat. Whammy chords and a bit of darkness give "Incarcerated" a heavy traveling sound. Quite nice.

Colombian Marching Powder dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish flair, a splendid rhythm, and a very delicate acoustic lead guitar. The contrast between the heavy rhythm and the acoustic is enticing, though the acoustic could be higher in the mix.

Gunsmoke dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Thick chunk and a string-bending melody create a western adventure. The lead is bit rock oriented for my taste, yet I did enjoy the track, in part for its wonderful rhythm.

Riptide 63 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modern tone delivers an edgy progression, with verses segmented by long whammy chords. The muted verse is exceptionally cool!

Big Red Deville dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid song, with circular chop rhythms and a catchy melody line. "Big Red Deville" caught me right away. There is some drama here, as well as adventure in open spaces. Very nice.

Bailarina Dulce dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Easy going, delicately flowing, and moody, "Bailarina Dulce" uses acoustic guitar to deliver a lovely Spanish melody and slightly sad sound. This is very pretty.

Stumbleweed dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stumbleweed" is spunky riff rockin' fun with more rock feel than surf or western. Relentlessly moving, and it has a great title.

Chica Caliente dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Chica Caliente" has very cool rhythm guitar chords driving over a circulating melody line. This is infectious in a soft spoken way, not that it's quiet, but it doesn't need to whack you upside the head to catch your fancy.

Hodad dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

ON the playful side, "Hodad" has a really sunny lead guitar and splendid melody. This is the standout the Cheating Death album. It is catchy, warm, and rhythmic.