Genre: Modern Electronic Alt-Rick

Sounds Like: Land of Talk, Feist and Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton

The Good: Songwriting, Consistency, Vibe

The Bad: More Songs

The Ugly: Nothing to report

The Band: 3 out of 5

The Music: 4 out of 5

The Songs: 4 out of 5

The Vibe: 4 out of 5

The Production: 3 out of 5

The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5





The Review: Industrial rocker, producer, singer/songwriter Frank Horvat hails from Canada. This late work entitled “Strange Machine” brings an inspirational approach to modern day Dance Rock or Ambient Alt-Rock with hints of Industrial and guitar driven fusion between the two. I like to call this genera Electronic-Alt-Rock.. This music is an onslaught of magic and power that moves the body and stimulates the soul. Thundering bass and Chugging guitars, intricate drums and a rainbow of vocal with wave crushing Synths come together in a colossal collision of majestic music that is blessed by the God’s, this is The Frank Horvat Band. The Frank Horvat band is: Ghislain Aucoin (vocals), Kismet Cooper (vocals), Michael Davidson (vibes), Christine Duncan (vocals), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Th9m Gill (vocals, guitar)), Bram Gielen (bass), Justin Haynes (guitar), Frank Horvat (Keys, Songwriting), Jean Martin (Percussion), Erika Nielsen (cello), Joseph Phillips (Bass), Evan Tighe (Percussion), Felicity Williams (vocals). “Strange Machine” combines all of the above with a melodic layered vocal style via above average compositions. All arrangements offer much in the way of charged musical performances and a diverse spectrum of sound that runs full circle. Let me start by saying “Strange Machine” is the perfect title for a CD like this. It’s kind of magical – in fact if there were say 5 more track I would give it 10 stars by far! The Frank Horat Band lead by Horvat is a production dynamo, like a modern day Trent Reznor or Beck. “Strange Machine” makes a good first impression with the title track; one rock solid opener. Besides modern Electronic Metal one can also appreciate the Industrial overtones with a hint of Electric Prog-Rock. The closest thing I would compare The Frank Horvat Band to would be a zestful combination of Land of Talk, Feist and Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton. The underlying theme here is no-doubt intellectual mayhem. I like his playing style as well –no over the top showboat or anything like that. You know ridiculous over the top double bass chops and crisp 32nd note speed picking that’s impossible to play live. The array of instrumentation offers everything one would expect but besides the a-typical (bass/guitar/drums) one can also enjoy a theatrical balance, harmonies, melodic solo guitar, Cello, violin, percussion and some synth and keyboard strokes. The Electronic Alt-Rock quality is the perfect foundation to really torque your senses or work out to. The Frank Horvat Band is not afraid to color outside the lines shall we say. “Strange Machine” is an even more diverse tracks. All pieces provide a think dance pulsating beat but manage to never overtake the other aspects of the production.  The end of the album “Take From me” incorporates all of the aforementioned stylings into a whirlwind of musical magic that slowly fades out as humbly as it began on the final track.


The Bad: Like I had mentioned I only wish there were 4-5 more songs to digest. The extended play format would be very combatable with this style of music and the overall vibe.


The Ugly: Nothing to report.


The Bottom Line: The Frank Horvat band makes a lasting impression upon a listener. His amazing dark syncopation and writing/performing skills are never one called into question. “Strange Machine” creates a cinematically dynamic musical setting that highlights all the good about great Electronic based Rock with a dark side. All songs offer a wide array of musical depth and structure – offering a great balance of songs.


Rebecca Eaton by Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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