Zombie Shaker Box - ‘Encrypted’

 


THE BAND:
Kirk Hulshoff - vocals
Cory Kay - bass
Tomonori Sugiyama - drums
Jami Lin - guitars

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) “Welcome To The Rave” -This track opens with a heavy rhythm guitar riff  and drum line intro section.  I do believe there is a bass line however; the heavy rhythm guitar is drowning it out. There is a short musical rest connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The band used the same musical rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro section.  Kirk’s opening vocal line had a Marilyn Manson feel to it. There is an overdubbed backing vocal connecting the second and third lyric line. There is a small rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The vocal lines of the chorus have a Layne Staly feel to them giving the chorus an Alice In Chains sound.  If one did not know better one could say Alice In Chain’s wrote this track.  There is a small bass drum pattern leading into the second verse.  After the second verse, there is a very abstract breakdown section.  This breakdown section leads to the lead guitar solo.    
2.) “Blow n Smoke” - There is a small drum lick that opens this intro section.  There are several minor lead guitar licks over the top of the intro section.  There is a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  There are two vocal screams that open the musical verse.  Kirk’s vocals lines are reminiscent of Rob Zombie’s.  There is no rhythm change for the musical verse.  The pre- chorus consisted of the same musical arrangement as the opening musical verse.  The musical change for the song does not happen until the musical chorus.  There is a lead guitar solo after the first chorus.  There is a huge drum fill connecting the lead guitar solo with the second chorus. 
3.) “Tigerlilly” - JUST AMAZING!!!!!   
4.) “Answer To No One” - Right out of a Every Mother’s Nightmare fake book!!!!
5.) “Cry” - Heavily influenced by Alice In Chains
6.) “In Loving Memory” - This track opens with a chorus.  This chorus consists of two different rhythm guitar riffs.  The lead vocals and backing harmonies are very reminiscent to Layne & Jerry of Alice in Chains.  There is a small snare fill connecting this chorus with the second one.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  There is a small breakdown after the third chorus that leads into the lead guitar solo.  After the solo section there is a small musical rest when the song kicks back-in they incorporate a keyboard arrangement.
7.) “Gates Of Hell” - This track opens with an intense intro arrangement.  The band used the same musical arrangement for the intro as the one for the verse.  The opening verse consisted of a vocal scream.  The musical change for the musical verse does not happen until the lyrics kick-in.  There are several overdubbed pick slides underneath the lyric lines of the musical chorus.  There is a small breakdown section after the first second chorus that leads to a minor solo section.  The major solo is not until the after the third chorus.  
8.) “Hideaway” - This track opens with an acoustic guitar arrangement over the top of a drum line.  There is a small electric guitar lick that connects the intro with the musical verse.  There is no rhythm change for the musical verse.  The guys added a reverbbed guitar for the musical chorus.  There is a small lead guitar solo after the first chorus.  The acoustic lead guitar solo
made the song!!!
9.) “Industry Witch” -This intro consisted of a classical guitar intro.  The song kicks-in with a very simple laid back music arrangement.  Towards the tail end of the pre-verse there is a musical change just for one or two lyric lines.  There are little lead licks underneath the musical chorus.  After the first chorus there is a drastic musical change for the lead guitar solo.  After the last chorus there is a musical rest before the song goes into the coda.
10.) “Ashen” - This track is simple yet amazing!!!!!



     The old saying goes never judge a book by its cover.  The same is also true for CD’s.  Over the years I cannot tell you how many CD’s I bought on the looks of the cover alone having no clue who the band was or what they sounded like (ex. Gun ‘n’ Roses - ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, Smashed Gladys - ‘Social Intercourse’) just to name a few.  With that said this CD would have been one I would have probably passed.  I would have then regretted it once I heard it!  Once you start listening to the first track titled, “Welcome To My Rave” it becomes very apparent why this band is receiving nominations for various awards, winning some as well, and really gathering a following as one of the best bands in Las Vegas.  There are times when Kirk pulls off such a perfect Lane Staley (Alice In Chains) that if you did not know any better you would swear it was Alice In Chains.  Though the target market would be fans of Alice In Chains.  I feel like me most hard rock/metal fans will fall in love with the band and release.  This is a must have for you CD collection!!!!!