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The Dubceks - The Tragedy Of Blaze Hopkinsdotdot
artworkDrums and guitar, mostly very minimal lo-fi. As before, The Dubceks have the kernel of several cool songs with real potential. This is definitely not surf related, but the darkness and unashamed noise do rate some attention. Not for the purist or faint at heart.
Picks: Competition Day At The Beach, Look At That Bastard Go!, Vinnie The Banker, Skulls With Hair, Look At That Bastard Go! (reprise)

Track by Track Review


March To Valhalla dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

This is a primitive cave groaner with dark and very disturbed image. It's repetitious and dangerous.

Competition Day At The Beach dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Extremely thin guitar grinds out an aquatic promise for a post disaster beach. Coupled with relentless drums, "Competition Day At The Beach" paints an angry sea with suicide riders. It brought to mind a scene from Surf Nazis Must Die.

Look At That Bastard Go! dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

"Look At That Bastard Go!" has an interesting melody line that's perhaps underdeveloped, but carries the promise of a very surfable instro. While it's bleak of sound, it's optimistic of melody. Quite a contrast.

Tiki Trouble dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Charged with exotic, as in foreign, guitar lines, "Tiki Trouble" is more disturbed than surf, yet there's a hook into the genre.

Watching Her Drown dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

This is a very short and sad little number played solo on guitar. Almost morose, or maybe just forlorned.

Drowning - Final Thoughts dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

I can see the connection between the song and its title. Glistening water surface above, gradual submission setting in. Hmmmm.

Vinnie The Banker dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

"Vinnie The Banker" is more of a normal song than many here, though it's surely dissonant and intensely dangerous. The shrill tone of the lead against the kick drum and rhythm guitar sets up a very disturbing sound. Insane whammy action and trash consciousness are in evidence.

Sans Drums dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Solo guitar with fairly trashy sound plays a riff that could easily be the basis of a cool surf instro. When it moves into ultra fuzz mode, you realize its metal monster roots.

Chopped Up And Fed To The Sharks dot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Drums relentlessly thump in a machinelike manner under an unimaginative and dissonant guitar. This one leaves me cold.

Vampire's Kiss dotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Really harsh feedback and Hendrixian wah pedal whammy bar distortion. Completely unmelodic, but slightly attractive in the way the Snake-Out's "Feedback In Dm" is.

We're Sorry dotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

"We're Sorry," as well they should be. OK, that's a little harsh, but the song is little more than messing around with the drum machine on. There is actually an interesting melody riff, it's just that the track is so minimal that it doesn't leave an impression.

Not So Classical Gas dot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Indigestion as it would have been displayed by The Flying Lizards at half speed. Dissonant and uninteresting.

Lames Blond dotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Really awful, narrow envelope sound and not much to mistake for spy melody, but if you dream of an agent's body floating in an acid bath, this might just awaken you from your nightmare.

Jam dot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

No peanut butter, but the jam is ready. A tiny bit of blues and cruddy drum sound develop from annoying to trashy.

Skulls With Hair dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Fuzz and inverted mirth darken every corner. If you were across the street from the performance hall with a headache and a soda, this would be hard to tolerate, but then I think that's the point. A relentless riff and cycling grunge and smoothness create an engaging, if annoying sound.

The Escape dotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Nearly haunting melodically, "The Escape" approaches a song in an asylum. There are some potential possibilities, and some disquieting laughter.

Touch And Go dot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

The riff here is pretty fun and grindy. The trash sound of the drums makes its potential hidden.

Look At That Bastard Go! (reprise) dotdotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Stereo guitars play a melody that suggests British Invasion for some reason. Dark fuzz adds late sixties darkness as it contrasts strongly to the cycling lightness. While underdeveloped, it's quite an interesting idea.

Last Place (Outsurfed) dot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

Danger on the rocks... hideous sound hides the grinding morbidity and post punk horror.

Guitars At A Wake dotdot
Progressive Surf Metal (Instrumental)

A nice little chord progression launches "Guitars At A Wake." The lead is sad and unforegiven. It gets more dissonant as it progresses.