We have a long history of showcasing standout
indie artists, but with this special we take it one step further and showcase
standout indie artists that are making it happen on their own.
While the goal for most DIY bands is to
get their music out on their own and not wait for that "record deal", the
record deal is usually the ultimate goal. And when an artist takes it upon
themselves to go the DIY route with a self-release and succeed, it actually
makes it easier for a label to see the wisdom of signing them. That is
usually when labels will take a chance on a band that doesn't fit nicely
into a little "current trend" box. We here at the antiMusic Network
wish the artists featured here nothing but success, whether it is a total
DIY affair or they ultimately use their DIY skills to land a deal.
The artists featured in this series all
cover different areas of rock. The last time we featured the Irish metal
band Sinocence, this time we travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the post grunge
sounds of Cyber-Jack.
By Zane Ewton
The Great Red Spot is the newest
release from the Brazilian Cyber-Jack. The band has been described
as industrial punk. Coming to America shortly after their formation,
the band has a seemingly distinctive New York sound. Being compared
to some of the pillars in rock and roll history, including Guns ‘n Roses
and Nirvana, it means the band has chosen some tough shoes to fill.
Cyber-Jack is off to a good start.
The Great Red Spot is a fast paced, heavy album that will grab your
attention and not let go through every grimy, sweat-soaked second.
Maybe too derivative for their own good, the band has room to improve and
develop a distinct noise.
“Sad One” is a deceiving song that starts
with a mellow piano intro, breaking into a big Godsmack sounding riff.
“Sugar Scales” stands out with an electronic guitar sound and some swagger
in Andre Ston’s vocals. It’s this kind of combination, the familiar
and the new that could be a great tool for this band to breakthrough.
“Blame Game” stands out as one of the
most cohesive songs on the album. The intro to “Dopamine Days” starts
with a loud, snarling rock riff but becomes pedestrian when the vocals
start. “Kids and Needles” could be best described as a Deftones outtake
and “Moody Queen” follows in the same nu-metal vein but is far less interesting.
A brief and quiet interlude with “The
Damage is Done” is the only breather on the album, quickly followed by
the awesome closing track, “Flies”.
It might be hard to look past the band’s
inspiration because it is so evident in every song. You can hear
glimpses of Nirvana, Korn, Alice in Chains, basically any band that mattered
in the last 15 years. As the case is in new bands, you have to fake
it until you make it. Cyber-Jack is on the right path and The
Great Red Spot is an album that is brilliant in its tribute to all
things great in rock and roll. Expect good things.
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