Best Of The Batch: Mark Akin
Artist: Mark Akin
Label: indieOpolis Records
My first thought was that Mark Akin's debut release (you know him from the soundtrack of "Dragon Ball-Z") would be a "guitar freak-out" CD, as Mark Akin is among the most gifted guitarists on today's scene. What I got instead was a surprise....
Alien Car Chase (2006, indieOpolis Records) is a collection of songs fully embracing the techno and anime worlds. The guitar is almost absent, but the composition is surprisingly fresh and energetic. It has a dark edge without being depressing and a drive as hard as nails. Many of the tracks (like "Interstellar" and "MirrorFreek") take the listener on an extended journey while others ("Funky Robots" and "Solaris") jab you right in the face.
Mixing elements both heavy and quirky, Mark has demonstrated himself to be much more than a guitar shredder. He is a gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist as well, with the ability to fuse dis-similar chunks of sound and style into a bizarre and esoteric fabric of sound that reveals more with each listening experience.
This CD is not just for anime & electronica lovers, but any fans of good music.
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