Coordinated and assembled by Raven Black Fyre of Albuquerque’s twosome outfit Skarva Av Glas, the Red Chilli Samurai Project, Volume 2, assembles some of New Mexico’s best talent on one CD. Want to know what’s happening in the 505? Then pick up this CD and get a sample of a variety of types of music.
First up is Albuquerque’s All That We Are, who perform a cover of Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight,” which comes from his 1986 studio CD Can’t Hold Back. As a pop punk band, All The We Are fire on all cylinders on this cover, giving Money’s chops a punkish vibe that nevertheless retains the song’s catchiness and distinct melody lines. Only thing missing is the great Ronnie Spector, but otherwise this one is worth jamming to, particularly if you’re a child of the 1980s.
Up next is Clerdayevisuals, whose contribution “Love” is layered in heavy synthesizers, giving it a very electronic vibe. The techno beat will get the blood boiling, and the mix of industrial overtones may have some scratching their heads, unless of course they succumb to the trance.
Hailing from Clovis, Kimba (short for Kimberly, who is also a member of the band BMI) performs “Jubba Humma Boi,” an experimental techno track with a nod towards Blondie. Percussion is light, as are the electronics, but the vibe comes through clear enough.
¡Look Out Below! play a combination of electronica and dance, with a heavy sense of pop. Vocals are electronically augmented, but percussion and guitar are present over the keyboard layers. A little too poppy for me, but others may really catch this groove.
Behind the Wall Dogs contribute “Hopeless,” which is performed live in all its glory. Hard rock performed the classic way, the song surges from the very first notes, with the vocalist channeling Jimi Hendrix for added effect. Good, solid track, one that will get those rock and roll vibes grinding.
In a similar vein, Albuquerque’s Katatonik rip it up with the track “F*ck Sh*t Up,” which brings with it some Southern-styled swagger and some stoner rock vibes that will infect doomsters right from the opening salvo. Those who enjoy whiskey-soaked stoner metal with a hint of thrash will really dig this track.
Next up is Albuquerque’s Indemnified, a band that plays progressive rock. Their contribution, “Tarot,” is a solid piece of rock that builds slowly, using chugging guitars to good effect. There’s a hint of Tool on this track, although Indemnified have solidified their own distinct approach.
Albuquerque’s Eyes of 9ine throw down their eclectic mix of rock and hip-hop with “F%&k Sundays,” which relies on a hard-driving guitar riff and some punishing percussion. The hip-hop comes through in the melody line, with the vocalist following a rap-like structure.
Los Lunas’ Punishment Overdue slam it out with “Just,” which showcases the band’s mix of metalcore with facets of progressive metal. “Just” is a rocker from start to finish, with some subtle guitar hooks thrown in for added punch. Good stuff.
“March of Odin” is Skarva Av Glas’ contribution, and it’s a scorcher of black metal proportions. Raw, primitive, and brutal—accept no imitations. If you are a fan of old-school black metal, then this track is the one for you.
Albuquerque’s Skulldron turn up the doom metal with “Flower in the Disease,” and this track is among my favorites of the CD, simply because I am a follower of anything doom. Anyway, Skulldron bring it, and bring it hard. Slow, heavy, with just a hint of melody—dooooom!
Rio Rancho’s Destroy to Recreate continue the metal onslaught with “Machine Gun.” These dudes call their approach “dirt metal,” a combination of hardcore and thrash metal that emphasizes the harsh and the brutal. And that’s what “Machine Gun” delivers, so be sure to turn this one up.
Closing out the CD is Feed Them to the Dogs, whose contribution, “Quadrillion Gigaton Galaxy Grinder,” melted my CD player as it churned out its own distinct style of grindcore. Hideous vocals, skewed guitars, and a brain-splattering battery give these dudes some certain shockdom among listeners. This song is a great way to close out the Red Chilli Samurai Project, Volume 2.
Although there are a diverse variety of styles on the Red Chilli Samurai Project, Volume 2, this CD is a success simply because it captures much of the scene in New Mexico. Those of you in the 505, pick this CD up to support local music. And for those of you reading from out of Land of Enchantment, pick up a copy and listen to some killer bands. Either way, you win!