Artist: The Magnificent Birds of Prey
Album: Kaleidoscope
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Punk, Indie College Rock
Sounds Like: The Cult, Sublime, Cake, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Sticks and Stones, Stormtrooper Blues, Icon
Weakness: Short-sided CD


The Magnificent Birds of Prey is a 4 piece rock band that hails from the Philadelphia area. Carl Kunz Jr. – Guitar & Vocals
Chris LaFrancis – Bass & Synths, Joel Adams – Drums & Percussion and Lyle Kelch Jr. – Vocals & Guitar. Their latest 11 song CD is entitled “Kaleidoscope.” Citing one music critic: Their music is melodic and catchy, filled with interesting textures and lyrical elements – Philly Aims Magazine.

The CD quickly takes to flight with rocking intro piece “Sticks and Stones”. This song serves up methodical yet melodic guitars painted against psychedelic vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and dynamic rhythms that quickly lead you by the hand down the path of trippy musical indulgence. Track 2 “Icon” keeps things moving in the right direction with its psychedelic driven guitars, with impressive melodic touches and accents painted against a grand mosaic of music sound. All in all it’s my favorite piece on the CD as it flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Can’t Wash My Soul” serves up thought provoking lyrical content against hooky groove and striking musical flow of this piece briskly moves like an ocean across the ears. All 3 lead off track are remarkably provide Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic overtones. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic The Cult, Sublime, Cake, The Toadies, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips. I would classify this music as whacked out Punk, Alternative Rock with a guitar driven Indie College Rock flair. I can also hear classic remnants of Alternative Rock of the late 90’s. Besides the four piece standard one will notice impressive solo guitar, well placed vocal harmonies and a few melodic keyboard touches her and there. Kunz Jr. sings all songs with reckless abandon and much in the way of emotion. I believed every word this man sang. The CD presents sporadic flashes of hard rock ambiance and deep artistic perspective via provocative vocal emotions. The signing and guitar work are pretty solid across the board. All engineering aspects check out. CD Possess think low end punch, and crystal clear high end clarity. These lads are probably a riot to check out live around Philadelphia. I could see these guys unleashing a cosmic fury inducing the same in their audience. It’s hard, it’s heavy, it’s rock and roll, re-imagined and reinvigorated – it’s the latest 11 track CD by The Magnificent Birds of Prey entitled “Kaleidoscope”. From methodical “Writing Everything Away”, to rock steady ‘Stormtrooper Blues”, to melodic “Co-Pilot” to rocking “Seven” this CD has something for just about everyone.

The CD is a tad bit short with 11 track. I wish there were say 1-2 more tracks thus making it a better “bang for buck” fully loaded CD release.

This latest debut release entitled “Kaleidoscope” is a compelling yet rocked out musical journey. The Magnificent Birds rock the house, but they have a lot of depth as well. Its strong suit is i’s rock solid consistency and song for song musical flow. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing tormented soul ambiance to fill their sonic space. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you. This CD feels like a musical journey and will work best when experienced in that capacity. So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with a psychedelic yet hard rock aftertaste, with a punk rock aftertaste highly recommend you take a condensed listen to the latest CD from The Magnificent Birds of Prey entitled “Kaleidoscope” Via the below hyperlink:


Cyrus Rhodes