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Underground Moon: Underground Moon (Reissue)

We always new former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson could sing. After all, he was the guy who added all those cool harmonies that complemented Don Dokken's vocals so well. But with his short-lived side project Underground Moon, Pilson mysteriously decided to assume the pseudonym Dominic Moon and explore various levels of industrial-tinged modern rock. With musician and producer Tommy Henriksen in tow, Pilson/Moon recorded a self-titled debut that originally was released (with little fanfare, apparently) in 2001 by Rebelution Entertainment and drew comparisons to Nine Inch Nails and Gravity Kills.

But Underground Moon, now reissued in a limited-edition digipak with liner notes that explain the duo's strange history, is more melodic than either of those two collectives. In fact, many of the 11 songs here sound as if they would have worked on Dokken's 1995 album Dysfunctional a surprisingly effective update on that band's classic sound. The distorted vocals, programmed percussion and rather cold vibe may not sit well with hardcore Dokken fans, but those who thought Pilson's presence in Dokken was at least as important as that of George Lynch may gain even more respect for him here. Perhaps most impressive is the way Underground Moon makes its snappy version of Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning" sound like one of its own originals. Prepare to be floored.

Track Listing:
1) Backslide
2) Gray
3) Suicidal Maze
4) In Cinema
5) Beds Are Burning
6) Unknown
7) Shed the Skin
8) Acid Superman
9) Shakati
10) Imaginary Jesus
11) Open Circles

Added: November 13th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Metal Mind Productions
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Language: english

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