Doomsday Revolution

Doomsday Revolution

by The New CzarsThe New Czars


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It isn't uncommon for grungy, sludgy alternative rock bands to be influenced by different rock eras; knowledgeable grunge and post-grunge artists who emerged in the '90s or 2000s will be the first to tell you that rock didn't begin with the hugely influential Kurt Cobain any more than it ended with the hugely influential Kurt Cobain. Bands that claim Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Creed, Bush, or Alice in Chains as influences are also likely to claim Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, or Black Sabbath as influences. But it isn't terribly common for a post-grunge type of band to be as overtly influenced by progressive rock as the New Czars are on their absorbing debut album, Doomsday Revolution. This is a very grungy, sludgy effort; downtuned guitars reign supreme, and lead singer/guitarist/producer Greg Hampton (the New Czars' founder) clearly gets a lot of direct or indirect inspiration from alterna-rock icons like the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, and Soundgarden. But for all their grunginess, the New Czars also wear their love of '60s, '70s, and '80s rock on their sleeves -- not only the hard rock, heavy metal, and arena rock of those decades, but also the old-school progressive rock that continues to be heard on classic rock stations. King Crimson is probably the New Czars' most obvious prog influence -- which makes sense considering that Adrian Belew of Crimson fame appears as a guest -- although elements of Pink Floyd and Rush assert themselves as well. And the nice thing about Doomsday Revolution is the fact that the New Czars never sound like they're trying too hard. Doomsday Revolution always sounds natural rather than forced or contrived; the Crimson, Floyd, and Rush elements are right at home with all that downtuned post-'80s grunginess, and what might have been problematic for some bands works well for the New Czars. Celebrating both alternative rock and classic rock yields consistently appealing results on Doomsday Revolution.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Samson
UPC: 0616892100164
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 191684

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Czars   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Background Vocals,Electric Sitar,Soloist
David Moreno   Drums
Greg Hampton   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Electric Sitar,Loops,Drum Loop,Soloist
Steffen Presley   Piano,Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Paul Ill   Bass

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
David Moreno   Engineer
Greg Hampton   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Sound Manipulation,Sound Treatment
Steffen Presley   Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Chuck Wright   Illustrations
Norman Waitt   Executive Producer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Jeremy Mackenzie   Programming,Engineer
Paul Ill   Composer,Sound Treatment
Kyle Moorman   Engineer

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