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Ocha La Rocha – Ocha La Rocha

I’ve always been a fan of southern blues and psychedelic rock , with The Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers being two of my personal favorites from the 70’s.  I was thinking I would get a new age twist from Johnny La Rocha with his album Ocha La Rocha, but I was somewhat disappointed by a lack of consistency and bad production value.  The album wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t impressive; it failed to give the same great value I had come to know from other bands I listen to of the same genre.

Some of the songs were more blues focused, implementing the blues rock and soul voices.  However, the songs weren’t that impressive.  The first song, “Sing The People’s Song”, is about the human struggle, but only showcases surface-based lyrics.  The guitar riffs are interesting, but they don’t flow consistently; further, the lead singer doesn’t have a good voice.  There are occasions where I can look past this, such as vocalists who have unique vocal qualities that make their songs original and appealing.  I don’t particularly find this quality of voice in John La Rocha.  Thus, these songs end up coming off as cliché and amateurish.

Another thing that held this album back was lack of consistency of genre.  For some songs, there was a period of space sounds like a grateful dead concert, but the sounds are unoriginal and boring to listen to.  The songs also last about a minute, so it also causes me to think that these songs were album filler rather than an endeavor at psychedelic music, since the songs are so meaningless and empty.

Finally, on occasion the artist tries to blend these two genres, and, you guessed it, horror ensues.  The two genres don’t compliment each other at all.  This artist needs to learn what he’s trying to do if he wants to have a good album.  Overall, the album is a good attempt, but needs a lot of work if this is the kind of music the artist wants to stick with.

“Fever Hunting” – Modern Life Is War

I’ve listened to a lot of really bad music with screaming in it.  You hear them all the time at mass metal concerts; really bad bands that just scream and rip guitar riffs while maintaining none of the intrinsic value that makes hardcore great.  I had a somewhat similar expectation going into Modern Life is War, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The album Fever Hunting has a lot of political songs and deep lyrics.  One of the songs on their album, “Media Cunt”, is about how the struggle of being true to oneself versus the pressure of the media.  The graphic title isn’t offensive; it makes a point.

Another thing I like about the album was how smoothly one song flowed to the other.  It’s easy to tell that this album was meant to be listened to as an album, an old school aspect of music that’s classic and shows a lot of musical talent.  If the whole album has to flow smoothly, it’s more of an art form and takes a lot more work, rather than just putting out an album with a few singles and bad songs throughout the rest of the album.  “Old Fears, New Frontiers” flows smoothly into the beginning of the next track on the CD “Health, Wealth, and Peace.”

Finally, the instrumental work of the band is coherent and flows with the lyrics very well.  The guitar riffs are catchy and the drums compliment the fast-paced hard attitude of hardcore music.  Even when the songs are slower, the progressions of guitar notes and catchy drum bits keep the listener engaged.  Overall, the album was a very good introductory experience to hardcore punk.  I had never listened to this genre before this CD, but comparing it to what I like about similar genres like metal, I’d be more than willing to listen to more stuff like this.