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The Psychic Paramount

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3 stars THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT are a candidate for a rather avant-garde mix of space, kraut and post rock, mostly wild, agressive, but surely provided with melodic and melancholic parts as well. Hereby they often produce violent sound walls - repetitve or rolling up and down - however with intent, though not lacking of technical skills as you may notice immediately. Well, you've been warned now - this album is obviously not a treat for everyone's taste.

Intro gets along with repetitive bass, monotonous drum playing where DBB simply shows the band acting like furies. Drew's crashing high-pitched guitars are leading everywhere. The hypnotic workout RW is my favourite - a wonderful combination of dynamics and melancholy - tribal drums, some playful bass lines in between, multiple sparkling, spreading and soaring guitars. Never heard something like that before!

Woaaarrrr - the asskicking N6 will shoot you into the orbit at the latest. Don't forget to care for an ambulance before coming back. The closing NS Coda finally has more of an industrial kraut flavour in the vein of Faust and Cluster. Ambitious - another album by this threesome featuring a huge portion of experimental approach. Dedicated to fans of SubArachnoid Space, Escapade, Oneida and similar. Strange - as for my taste too much of a good thing overall, the crashing sound demands a great deal from you.

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Posted Sunday, July 15, 2012 | Review Permalink
4 stars Six years passed in between the Psychic Paramount's first full-length and their second, simply titled II. The band's tricks displayed on their first album are still completely present here, although it's slightly less distorted. This is for the best; while distortion is of course an intrinsic part of noise-rock, the band pushed it to an extreme limit on their first album. It's still by no means mastered particularly well, but it's also not in the pantheon of "loudest albums I've ever heard".

Musically, this is an obvious sequel to the band's first album, and it's unlikely that the band's fans would have wanted anything less. The band's songs are still catchy, melodic, full of complex instrumental interplay, and often lengthy; they still take you on a journey through space at light speed. If anything, a strong case could be made that this album is more enjoyable than their first, due to the improved production.

This is not in any sense of the word an album for the faint of heart, but for those attuned to its wavelength, it will be a rewarding listen.

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