Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Team Data Amplifier: Replicant Eyes

A format that almost seemed lost a few years ago, the EP is now making a serious comeback as bands hope that short sharp bursts may be the key to keeping the digital generation engaged. When the results are as good as those from Wisconsin's Team Data Amplifier, they may just be right. Lyrically things on Replicant Eyes are based on the excellent movie Blade Runner and the work of its author Phillip K. Dick. Added ear catching and atmosphere building spoken word sections contributing hugely to a musical aura that could belong to a progressive Sugar, or even in places Husker Du.

Vocalist, guitarist, bassist, programmer, producer, engineer Dustin Sisson is obviously the main motivator behind this outfit, and yet Shawn Conrad and Mike Braeckevelt also add guitar, Dan Eichman bass and Brad Hawes drums. Credit to all five of them for crafting an aggressive, yet smooth mix of alternative rock, metal, prog, and even industrial, then melding it to a bleak, moody theme with great effect. "Take Me Where It's Dark" sits on an echoing drum beat, stabs of synth and guitar riding above a bass thrum and characteristically engaging vocal from Sisson; the singer's ability to deliver this story in believable tones a huge factor in why this eight song blast works so well. "Wake Up Time To Die" infuses an uneasy kick of adrenalin into proceedings, yet still stays surprisingly upbeat, while "The Fear Initiative" closes things in a cleverly introspective mood.

Classy, if simple, packaging adds to the overall vibe Replicant Eyes is aimed at, however it is the set of cohesive and focused songs which shine through strongest. In itself that's a skill, however so is making the end results memorable and hugely engaging, something Team Data Amplifier have achieved remarkably well.

Track Listing
1. Head First
2. The Lie Enigma
3. Together
4. Take Me Where It's Dark
5. Wake Up, Time To Die
6. Manic Love And Forgiveness
7. The Fear Initiative
8. Do You Love Me? Do You Trust Me?

Added: December 13th 2014
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Team Data Amplifier BandCamp
Hits: 1799
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by