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Hitchcocks - EPdotdotdot
artworkThis is an 8 song release, with every other track a vocal. The voices are sometimes so buried that you might not realize it's a vocal for a while. Intense sound and energy, and often times inadequate melody development. On the other hand, I expect that fans of Man or Astro-MAN? would appreciate this.
Picks: Disturbios em Marte, Ghost Riders In The Sky

Track by Track Review


Disturbios em Marte dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is big surf riff rock in the Man or Astro-MAN? mold. Lots of outer space b-movie extracts float atop a riffy surf romper with wailing theremin. "Disturbios em Marte" is grindy and strong in a relentless shore break kind of way. The melody is quite good for this genre, and the energy right there. Cool song.

A Noite do Besouro Verde dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Green Hornet" is dark and murky while the tremolo guitar churns out some grode tone. The screams and narrative don't really help. Without the murk and voicings, I think this would be pretty interesting, maybe like a reference to "Lucifer Sam."

Ghost Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another version of "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" is just always cool to find. This is punky, semi psychobilly, and aggressive. The horn adds an intense uniqueness, as do the great rolling drums. This is very cool!

Surfing Munsters dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark riff surf with chanted chorus. There's a ton of energy and intense sound as Hitchcocks meander through "Surfing Munsters." It's more than just riff rock, but not really very melodic. No, this is not a variation on the "Munsters" theme.