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Sluka

Vampire's Ball (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

I've reviewed quite a bit of stuff from this artist. I pretty much universally enjoy the music they create. This track is no exception. It is definitely heavy after the first section, but there is a real prog bombast to it. However you label this, it is a potent piece of music well worth your time.

This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) in Music Street Journal: 2020  Volume 5. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2020.

Track by Track Review
Vampire's Ball
Piano starts this cut with a pretty and rather timeless melody. That holds it for the extended introduction. The vocals come over the top with a real classic rock sound. I'm reminded of the Beatles, Dream Theater and Queen on that section. There are some other elements that grace the arrangement, bringing a sort of symphonic majesty. After the first vocal section, the sound fills out and turns heavier. There is an electronic meets metal vibe in place in some ways. The cut is decidedly proggy and has a lot of psychedelia built into it. I'm very much reminded of David Bowie in a lot of ways. The Queen reference still works in some ways, too, though. This is effective and powerful stuff. The synthesizer sounds are so cool, and the vocal hooks are positively infectious.
 
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