Review: Fade to Black

Rating: ★★½☆☆
Virgil Franklin

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Genre: Synthesized Fanstasy Instrumental
Rating: No lyrics are uttered, so pretty safely G
Target Audience: All Ages

Fanez-Vous Pour Noircir (Fade to Black) is billed as 40 minutes of “soundtrack for plunder and mayhem.” But while the content is certainly ripe with piracy and nautical undertones, these synthisized songs are perhaps a little too crisp and polished to conjure the sort of gritty chaos you might associate with historical piracy. Rather, this is music for journeys of fantasy and exploration, noble exploits and sinister dealings. It goes well with rum, too. Continue reading

Review: Illegitimus Non Carborundum

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Genre: Original pirate rock and experimental.
Rating: PG
Target Audience: Ages 15 and up

I imagine that, upon meeting an alien life form for the first time, one would at once feel awed, confused, terrified, and overwhelmed. The experience would be both beautiful and frightening, fascinating yet hopelessly beyond our comprehension. Why am I saying this? No reason. Illegitimus Non Carborundum is a fun, bizarre, perplexing, and incredibly diverse CD. To quote Will Turner form Pirates of the Caribbean, “This is either madness or genius.” Continue reading