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Bushman's Revenge


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.67 | 11 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars BUSHMAN'S REVENGE are from Norway and they have a lot in common with label mates ELEPHANT9, although the latter just added a guitarist which they didn't originally have, and BUSHMAN'S REVENGE just added organ to their sound in 2010 and it happened to be the ELEPHANT9 keyboardist back then. You just have to look at the album cover to know they are on the Rune Grammofon label. These guys formed in 2003 and are fans of CREAM, SUN RA, BLACK SABBATH, Hendrix, Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and others. The music here seems improvised as they seem to jam a lot but there is composed material here as well. It's quite heavy at times and spacey as well but the phrase that keep coming to mind was "slow burn". Man I love this style of music. This trio adds one guest who plays Hammond, Prophet 5 synths and Clavinet.

"I Am An Astronaut" is powerful with that floating organ and the drums are very fast paced. They are just kicking ass. I'm actually moved by this and I do love to fly. "Baklengs Inn I Fuglekassa" is the longest piece at over 17 minutes. It sounds like clavinet and guitar to start as a crazy drum roll at 1 minute signals the start of heaviness. Heavy drums and deep bass lines help in that department as the guitar starts to solo over top. Synths help out as well as they jam. Man this is some heavy shit 6 minutes in and they climax just before 7 minutes. This is followed by plenty of atmosphere as bass, drums and laid back guitar helps out. It settles back before 12 minutes as it becomes very spacey. Listen to that angry organ just boiling away after 13 minutes. There's so much power here as it builds and cries out. You'd think it's going to explode but then before 14 minutes it settles back as that familiar melody returns. My God! The drumming is fantastic as the guitar rips it up.

"Waltz Me Baby, Waltz Me All Night Long" is slow paced with bass, drums, picked guitar and some atmosphere. It becomes more powerful before 3 1/2 minutes as the organ floats in heavily. Man this is so good! It settles back late. "Kugelin Und Kraut" is almost 14 1/2 minutes in length. Heavy fuzzed out guitar starts it off as the drums and bass join in quickly. The organ joins in as well and then the guitar withdraws as we get some filthy organ leading the way before 2 minutes. It's picking up speed. The guitar replaces the organ before 3 1/2 minutes but then we get some nasty organ riffs as the guitar continues. The guitar plays over top before 6 minutes. These guys are jamming hard as we get a wall of sound. Organ to the fore after 9 minutes. A change follows as it slows down some but remains powerful. Lots of wah wah with the guitar after 12 minutes. "Hurra For Mamma" is the short 2 minute closer with picked guitar, shuffling drums and mellotron flute-like sounds. A mellow end to the slow burn that was.

Thankyou Bearded Bard for bringing this band to my attention.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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