- Audio CD (8 Nov. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: e1
- ASIN: B003XQE0R2
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"Doomsday Revolution" is actually quite an old fashioned heavy rock album, something that Hampton tried a couple of years back with the rather good, Razor Ball. For sure, there are the odd nods towards alt-rock here and there, but it's basically heads down, riff heavy rock and roll. And that's when it works best, as those alt discursions you'll find on the title track, 'Time Stops' and elsewhere are the least enjoyable parts of what is, generally, a very enjoyable release.
Hampton has a good rock voice, and a large number of the songs are enlivened with guest guitar from King Crimson man Adrian Belew. And for those of who have yearned for him to rock out a bit, well this is a bit of a godsend. It's a bit odd hearing in him in such a commercial environment, but it makes the guitar picking all the more enlivening. And there are commercial numbers here, with 'So Sure' and 'Why Do U Have 2 Lie', catchy enough for radio play. There's still room for a couple of instrumental workouts and even a bit of prog on 'Abstract Prague', so you're certainly never bored.
The band can't quite resist their muso background all the way through and numbers like 'Crotch Critters' (no I didn't make that up) and 'Funky Detour' give the band plenty of room to show off a bit.Read more ›
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The New Czars are a heavy prog Euro-American rock group assembling the talents of singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Hampton and drummer David "Chilli" Moreno, with former Pink and Juliette & The Licks bass player Paul Ill. Rounding out the sound are sonic contributions by sax/keyboardist Steffen Presley, and King Crimson guitar whiz Adrian Belew.
Doomsday Revolution loosely resembles a Todd Rundgren project, with it's multi-layered big studio sound offset by a mixture of basic pop rock sensibilities. The songs are quite a lot to absorb in a single sitting. To say there's a ton of ideas at play in these 16 tracks would be a massive understatement. The task of absorbing the wide spectrum of guitar sounds Hampton is capable of is a Herculean task alone.
Illustrations of these points: "Don't Watch Me" features a modern processed guitar workout and intense vocal delivery. It's beautiful contradiction is the marriage of technological studio sounds with raw primitive emotion. "Abstract Prague" layers brutally heavy, driving, rhythms with jittery, brainiac Morse code dripping lead guitar soling. The creepy lumbering pulse of "Tell Me" builds into a stick-in-your head vocal chorus climax.
Some of my favorite moments are the instrumentals colored by Hampton and Belew's stylistic soloing. The aforementioned "Abstract Prague" may have the most overt Crimson influence, via Belew's signature overdriven free-flight guitar genius. The "Funky Detour"/"Crotch Critters" opus displays stretched out jamming, with the two guitarists intertwining their effects laden fretwork, shooting sparks right up until the final crescendo.
As if all this was not enough, there is a veritable plethora of additional material, some are new tunes designed as bonuses to the Amazon and iTunes digital bundle markets, and others earmarked for the European release and film scores. These are not throwaway tracks either, songs like the rock steady boogie "Don't Funk Me Up" are as strong as the rest of the album, though may have a less serious demeanor. "Wish You Were Not Here" paints a pretty scene, with it's relaxing acoustic guitar melody, and the "Brush With The Devil" remix by Big Swede etches a gothic metal streak into a club-style dance beat.
All in all, you really can't go wrong with this release, which has so many intriguing nuances it will provide new surprises for repeated listens. "Doomsday Revolution" will leave you so full there will no talk of dessert whatsoever. Not that there will be many sweets after the apocalypse anyway...
and so unique they should be in a league of thier own,modern rock, jazzy fusion elements,
progressive music, !great experimental guitar , vocals are stellar- great production,
a lot to digest in even 3 or 4 sittings but then you start to really get it!
only complaint the cd may be a bit long ,but the songs are all great!
so in a day and age of 2 good songs on a cd, guess I shouldn't complain!