Dirty Sound Magnet – Transgenic (2019) – Review

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Shock and awe. You might remember that one. It is a (very old) military strategy, last used prominently by the US in the latest Iraq war.

One that aims at shell-shocking the enemy into submission with a tremendous load of boom and bang. With the hope that the evil witch will lose her favorite broom AND her spells, forget to recover, and just give up the ghost. So that this contentious and ugly conquering business turns out to be much less difficult and costly than it would otherwise be.

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Dirty Sound Magnet – Live Review – Rock Oz’Arènes 2018

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I now have seen Dirty Sound Magnet live twice. The first time around in 2014, promoting their flagship What Lies Behind. That was back in their old incarnation, a time when they sported Zep-fueled tunes on a bed of crunchy rock.

This time they got my attention right this week at the Rock Oz’Arènes festival in Avenches, the old Roman stronghold in Switzerland.

And boy did things change.

Gone are the musings from the past and in comes what the band calls Cryptic or Creative Rock. A mixture of Psychedelic and (very) Avantgarde Rock. Want proof of the pudding? [...] Click to raid more!

Dirty Sound Magnet – Western Lies (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dirty Sound Magnet - Western Lies - Album Cover You’ve got bands that stick to their guns like there is no tomorrow. And they will always rehash what was before until their days run out.

Comfort in sounds and numbers, right?

And truly, for some it pays off. They fill stadiums with fans wanting nothing more than to listen to the same shit all over again. Mind you, these bands are good at what they do and a lot of fans like precisely that level of comfort.

Then you have others with a distinct taste for risk and change, the ones opening doors that were closed before. Darting off [...] Click to raid more!

Dirty Sound Magnet – What Lies Behind (2012) – Review

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A friend of mine dragged me to a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival to see these guys live. To see Dirty Sound Magnet? WTF? Dirty who?

On the menu: What Lies Behind. And I admit, I had no idea what to expect.

I found myself in a small concert hall with that atrocious bunker feeling. You know, these sweaty walls, this closed feeling, and stuffy atmosphere. Some might call that cozy, but to me, it felt oppressive. Not that the band had any say in it. And you know what? It probably [...] Click to raid more!