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THE RED VEIL

Subarachnoid Space

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.96 | 7 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars One of the coldest album from Subarachnoid Space ! The Red Veil clearly shows the band's evolution to heavy improvised psychdelia to more polished and structured sounds, but also darker and tormented music. Mason Jones, the founding guitarist of the band, doesn't play on this record. Very different from their relases from their first era, before 2000, their playing reveal influences from early Amon Düül II, but also stoner rock and other non- psychedelic bands, like Sonic Youth for example.

The opener, Honorable Mention, sets immediately the atmosphere: icy, tortured, more on the side of King Crimson than Pink Floyd. Frightening and energic rock with changes of ryhtm ! Ouroboros (The dargon who bites his own tail, symbolizing the cycle of life) is more calm, containing heavy and relaxing passages. Then comes the title track, the longest of the album, rather ambient and stoner. Inspired but maybe a bit too long... The next song, Trainable, begins with a 80s' feel to go on with terrifying sounscapes and sonic deflagrations. Short but nonetheless terrific ! A little jazzy side of the band appears on PSSA, which is constructed slighty by superposition of bass and guitar waves. The first part is sometimes too elongated and chaotic, but the second part reveals a musical theme worthy of the greatest horror movies ! The record concludes with Duster, surprisingly slow and melancholic at first glance, but growing in intensity and power until the end. Beautiful !

Tortured, icy, horrifying, but very inspired, The Red Veil can be the soundtrack of a terrifying world where rules do not exist. Furthermore, the album offers a lot of a variety and manages to surprise the listener even after several plays. It's a pity the record is too short. 4,5 stars !

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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