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DAB (aka Dogol and the Berrys) – To the Moon Record Review

May 6, 2019

Have you checked out this record yet? Similar to my review of Psycho Carnival by Neurotic Mirage, the band I’m going to talk about today holds primarily metal leanings with similar multi-faceted progressive rock, metal, and punk influences. These two records were even recorded at the same studio, Doubletime Recording, with Jeff Forrest. Hailing from Imperial Beach, I’d like to tell you about DAB (or, Dogol and the Berrys, named for the two Berry brothers and Dogol, the band members) and their record To the Moon.

To the Moon is characterized by particularly booming and melodic vocals, time signatures that remind one of a few of DAB’s key influences, and lyrics that pack a punch. Steven Berry (lead guitar and vocals) has a fantastic capability for singing that would lend itself to many different genres of music, which is something I am always interested in when it catches my ear. His choice to apply his voice to metal makes for a listening experience that may be more palatable and enjoyable for those who don’t like a lot of metal or aren’t very familiar. As far as influences, DAB has cited bands like Rush, Black Sabbath, System of a Down, Pink Floyd, and Tool as some important figures. The classic rock vibe is definitely evident in some tracks (“Double Helix” being one of them) while the more melodic metal side of things takes over in others (“The Mountain” and “The Window”). Overall, To the Moon seems like it would be a good introductory record for someone in your life who may not be all too into metal; it carries enough classic rock and post-rock influence to make an easy transition, as well as being enjoyable, well-produced, and nuanced.

If you’d like to keep tabs on Dogol and the Berrys, you can check them out on Facebook or on Twitter @DABincorporated and you can stream To the Moon on Spotify. As of now, it doesn’t look like they have any upcoming shows. However, checking out their social media feed will be sure to keep you in the know. As always, thanks for reading and remember to #SupportTheScene!

– Ari

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Neurotic Mirage – Psycho Carnival Record Review

April 14, 2019

Today, I’m excited to be telling you all about the newest release from Neurotic Mirage. Their second record entitled Psycho Carnival (recorded with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Recording Studios) drops on May 5, 2019 and the band plans on a record release that night at Navajo Live at 8 pm. Neurotic Mirage is a local three-piece that has been active since 2015. Their sound can be classified as living somewhere in the realm of hardcore punk and metal; not quite metalcore, not quite all punk, but a “progressive punk” with varying undertones of metal.

In my thoughts while listening to this record, I can’t quite place another band in San Diego quite like them. Some of their stated influences include Tool, System of A Down, Nirvana, Mastodon, and The Deftones and you can hear many elements of artists like these in this record. In my review of the Rorschach record by Sweet Myths, I made some mention of their aperture of playing around with rhythms and time signatures. Neurotic Mirage also showcases this heavily, but in a fashion that carries a lot more weight to match their tougher style of music. Psycho Carnival ranges from songs with a more melancholy and/or upbeat pop punk vibe (“Follow” & “Feeling You Out”) or heavy 80’s thrash throwback beats and riffs (“She’s an Alien Hybrid” & “Runaway”), all the while mixing time signatures and tempos throughout. From themes of modern-day technology in the world, introspection, self-destruction, and human emotion, Psycho Carnival has something for a wide variety of alt-rock fans. Whether you lean more towards a harder/grungier and more meaty pop-punk, post-punk and metal, metalcore, or any various shade of rough and tumble alt-rock, you will find a lot to like in this record.

Neurotic Mirage’s tunes can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. You can also give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter (@NeuroticMirage), and Instagram (@neurotic_mirage). Their record release party for Psycho Carnival is on May 5, 2019 at 8 pm is at Navajo Live along with Abner and Bitter Kiddos. If you’d like to pre-order the record, you can do so through PayPal on Neurotic Mirage’s website linked here. Thanks so much for checking them out, and remember to #SupportTheScene.

– Ari