New Music Critique: The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors


The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors 
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Seeking: Booking, Distribution
Style: Alternative Prog

Unlike traditional progressive rock bands, this one, led by Craig Harley Schmuhl, is not about dazzling virtuosity, flurries of notes. It’s all about the mood, the impact of power chords. Their original song “MU-TH-UR” is a case in point; its brooding groove builds ominously, adding elements and energy, and Schmuhl’s strong voice makes effective dynamic switches right to the climax. The band covers Depeche Mode’s “The Landscape is Changing” and it is the most prog-sounding song, full of atmosphere and tubular bells.  This band is on an interesting path, but we advise them to work harder to improve their sound mixes. Multi-level recordings need a deft, skilled mixer.