Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Captain Ahab and the Sea Crackens - Tormenta Perfecta
|Grungy modern surf assault with good writing and strong performances. Interesting use of keys in often dark melodies played with serious attack. Aggressive, tough, and compelling.|
Picks: The Ballad Of Johnny Surfelstein, Bilderberg Boogie, Fall Down, Surf Ninja, Transylvania
Track by Track Review
The Ballad Of Johnny Surfelstein
The melody here is cinematic and the arrangement sweeping and dungeonous. There are flying glissandos and significant power throughout. There is a familiar run in the beginning of the primary riff from "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that sets up the theme," but it diverges quickly.
"Bilderberg Boogie" is very surf, from the muted rhythm pattern and aquatic drama, to the ocean's gentle lapping. The lead is darkly double picked, while the keys play bell-like shimmering notes. This is highly original and very engaging.
Dark and murky, "Fall Down" uses organ to create some of the Pipeline mystique, while the band plays dungeonous danger surf. This is big and dramatic, with serious pomp and menacing arranging. The middle is just gentle kick drum and guitar, but otherwise, this song pummels.
dark double picked slaughter, horror screams, big whammy chords, and an evil sound. "Surf Ninja" is relentless in its monster attack.
"Transylvania" churns and rips with aggressive tone and a reverb wash. The melody line is strong, and the glissandos work quite well. The keys give it a late sixties edge.