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Spring Break Shark Attack! - Sharkronomicondotdotdotdot
artworkHighly original surf instros with dark sounds and unusual writing. Baton Rouge's Spring Break Shark Attack! play very dark music with surf danger everywhere. Powerful and, on occasion, magnificent. Don't go near the water if you're squeamish.
Picks: Great White, Feeding Frenzy, Shark Tonic, El Tiburon, Red Surf, Sharkronomicon: Dawn Of The Divine Invocation, Chum Shot, Party Barge Putrefaction, Blood Ocean

Track by Track Review

Great White dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Darkness abounds as "Great White" begins. This tale of the monster shark is ominous. The melody is dramatic in a film score kind of way. The muted midsection is very effective.

Feeding Frenzy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom toms rumble, the whammy dipped surf guitar drones, and then the melody line darkens the waters. "Feeding Frenzy" is a place you don't want to be, despite glissandos and aquatic sensibilities.

Shark Tonic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Writhing gloom and danger rise from the dark corners of "Shark Tonic." menacing, liquid, double picked frantic, and just plain mean. I like it!

El Tiburon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of flippant goofiness in the structure reminds me a bit of Vic Mizzy's theme to The Munsters, not melodically, just hinting in the structure of the opening. Soon enough, soft melody brings out sadness before the tom toms and a rhythmic stomp ensues. Eventually, the pace rises to a thrash.

Red Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Red Surf" races through double picked shore break at the rocks, with rich dark reverb and punkoidal thrashability. Frantic energy and danger abound.

Sharkronomicon: Dawn Of The Divine Invocation dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The uneasy cycling melody is compelling in its unusual nature, and disquieting in its panic. This highly unusual track is spectacular, in part because of its strangeness, and because of some of the very original double pick guitar lines. No hope here!

Chum Shot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The water swirls where the chum floats, only hinting at the danger below. Menacing, punky, frantic, and very dark. The muted lines are very dramatic, adding immeasurably to the composition.

Party Barge Putrefaction dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long flowing surf whammy chords make the water seem to undulate. The lovely guitar lines lull you into a sense of calm, but alas it's not to be exactly, because the beautiful haunting lines are interspersed with darker frantic sections that make them seem uneasy. Great idea.

Blood Ocean dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Structurally more normal, whatever that is, "Blood Ocean" has faster parts and slower more dramatic passages. Dripping liquid lines that suggest you're not as safe as you think. Effective and compelling.