CD REVIEW: Evestus - This is Dreamcore
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/26/2011 - 12:28 AM EST
Album: This is Dreamcore
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Electronic Rock and Dance Rock
Sounds Like: Ministry, NIN, Marylyn Manson,
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Dreamcore, Sacrifice, Enemy
Weakness: Winded Songs, Busy Production, Overly Robotic & Synthetic rhythms & grooves
The development of Evestus started in 2003 as a totally personal project. His latest release This Is Dreamcore (2010) is a whole concept that Evestus has been building since 2006.
The CD kicks things off with “Demons of Flame” a psychotic intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalog of music. This first piece explodes in your ears quite like a lemon would explode in your mouth. It has pulsating rhythms, against pulsating moog bass against a grand mosaic of exotic soundscapes & melodies that push hard. Track 2 entitled “Dreamcore” serves up a trippy intro eventually lending itself to steady bass driven vibe against pulsating melody & vocal layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing & infectious. Track 3 “Pikachur Warriors” explodes into a kaleidoscope of sound with everything from sinister keyboard & synthesizer accents, & exotic layers of sound that come at you from all direction. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Ministry, Marylyn Manson, NIN, & a perhaps a dose of Prodigy. Defiantly Industrial type rock/techno grooves meshed with electronica & dub out/ chill type musical textures that push hard. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of musical variety & allot of unpredictability. You never really know what waiting for you around the next corner on this CD. Evestus also brings to the table a wide range of instrumentation & Exotoc soundscapes & sampling. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere - from sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, driving electronic drums & percussive grooves to pulsating bass meshed with synthesizers & hypnotic keyboard accents. I especially like the orchestrial depth of this production. As far as Evestus vocals – they are melodic, hypnotic & mesmerizing in nature. Lyrical content is dark & extremely captivating. The overdubbing is packed to the hilt, & is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There's not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the low end grooves are infectious, & the music is from another dark galaxy. From dynamic “All the Kings Drugs” & Nothing” to hypnotic “Conveniently Confused” & “Sacrifice” to Psychotic “Dramajunkie” to foreboding “Leftovers” this CD has something for just about everyone. I Especially like the pieces that hit hard but also up melodic structure like “Enemy” & “Gone.” The CD ends with “So in Love” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this magnitude.
Sometimes it's the notes you don't play that make you the composer you are. At the end of the day this is one of the busiest productions I've ever heard. If Evestus was an interior decorator she would no doubt stick a painting on every square inch of the wall. Sometimes a blank wall is appropriate, not requiring a panting stuck there. Some of the bass grooves & drum rhythms sound extremely robotic & overly synthetic. Due to muddy vocals Evestus misses the mark when making the critical (singer to listener) connection. It’s hard to keep focus when listening to this CD as it spreads itself way to thin. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
From start to finish This is Dreamcore by Evestus is one of the most diverse musical experiences I’ve ever encountered this year. No doubt the serial killer in all of us will love this one. It’s extremely consistent, original, & very melodic. It’s strength - its amazing originality, rich sonic layering, & unique musical personality. I give Evestus a lot of credit for boldly trying to reach the world with his unique musical signature. Make no bones about it Evestus is a tenacious, brazened & talented composer. When the ride is over you will be dazzled by his originality, overwhelmed by his mystery, & mesmerized by his musical diversity.
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