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CD REVIEW: Econoline - Econoline
By Cyrus Rhodes - 08/15/2011 - 09:46 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Econoline
Album: Econoline
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Progressive Rock Jam band
Sounds Like: Deep Purple, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Y&T
Technical Grade: 6/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Right Between the Eyes, Rescue Dawn, One Arm Bandit
Weakness: Winded Songs, Marketability, Dated Sound
CD Review:

NY based 3 piece rock band “Econoline” releases their debut self-titled CD in 2011. Band members include Dennis Mirovsky (Drums) Anthony Zammitt (Guitar) & Tom Doyle (vocals).  

The CD kicks things off into high gear with solid garage rock vibe “The End is Nigh” a 70’s psychedelic guitar groove meshed against emotionally charged vocals & impressive solo guitar & driving rock rhythm. Track 2 “Pillar of Salt” serves up another solid low end groove served up ho with its hard rock musical flow coupled with hooky riffs & impressive vocal accents from Doyle.  Track 3 my personal favorite “Right between the Eyes” keeps things moving in the right direction with its heartfelt vocal delivery & hot to the touch musical vibe that flows & ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Kiss, Y&T, Danzig, & even Deep Purple & Black Sabbath. Right from the start you will notice Doyle & company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back with respect to marketability. The band delivers a vintage classic rock sound that is reminiscent of the 70’s. It is quite conservative however gets its point across rather well in classic Jam Band fashion. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw punk indie feel to it. Zammit’s guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive solid rhythm playing & a few mesmerizing solos. Doyle’s voice goes down smooth & is full of passion & recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 3 piece delivery. The songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. From bluesy “By Hook on By Crook” & “God Don’t Need a Starship” & “Old Dominion”  to dynamic “One Arm Bandit” to adrenalin soaked “Smoke River Canyon” this CD has something for just about everyone. this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Rescue Dawn” the prefect finale statement for a CD like this.

Though I like the extended play format of some of the pieces many of the songs over 5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Some songs take too long to develop or end. It’s safe to say despite some of the classic rock signatures the production comes across as sound a bit dated. The CD would be a smash if the year was 1970 - unfortunately it's 2011. I also fully realize this is a subjective art form but some of the above comments do affect the CD”s overall marketability.

In close Econoline’s debut CD is an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, & powerful & will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. If I could say anything to Econolibne right now it would be – try to modernize your sound just a bit. Many successful bands over the years have done this without leaving their soul at the door. Do this & it’s fair to say your best work -is yet to come.

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