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Karuna Khyal


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.99 | 25 ratings

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5 stars A great album to terrify and annoy your neighbours! Crazy Japs at the helm of a boat that's circling and sinking while all on board are running around in a blind panic. That's how it sounds to me anyway.

Rumours as to who this band are add to the allure. Some say it's 'Brast Burn' under a different name, while others contend that it's none other than 'Magical Power Mako' which actually makes a lot of sense when you hear the two bands back to back. I guess we'll never know.

'Alimoni 1985' is a dirty sounding, almost ritualistic recording that sounds as though it could have been recorded in the 19th Century by Aleister Crowley and his Golden Dawn mob. There's repetitive incantations, strangely treated electric guitars, lots of backwards noise and even a harmonica thrown in for good measure. Side two sounds incredibly like 'Throbbing Gristle' or early 'Zoviet France' and just when you thought things couldn't get much weirder this one kicks off into very unusual territory with a paranoid sounding thrashed one note bass.

It's all scary stuff and certainly won't appeal to everyone, being at the extreme end of experimental on the Prog Archives. I give it 5 stars not because it's a great example of progressive rock but because it's truly demented but cohesive with a great 'vibe' which runs from beginning to end. Unlike anything else you're likely to hear by a band that clearly weren't right in the head.

One things for sure - I bet they liked their mushrooms.

Dobermensch | 5/5 |


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