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3.19 | 10 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fluxion (5:43)
2. RA (4:37)
3. LO I (2:35)
4. LO II (4:04)
5. LO III (4:20)
6. Black Om Rising (4:50)
7. Daktari (5:20)
8. Tearjerker (8:30)

Total Time: 39:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Narantxa / bass
- Lovro Zlopasa / sax
- Bruno Motik / drums
- Niko Potočnjak / guitar, synth

Releases information

Beta-lactam Ring Records 2008 CD + DVD edition

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SEVEN THAT SPELLS Black Om Rising ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Compared to the predecessor album 'The Men From Dystopia' when they collaborated with Acid Mother Temple's Kawabata Makoto, this album is less spacey but a lot more heavy - sometimes even violent. Niko Potocnjak builds up post rock alike guitar and synth walls. The songs are full of dynamic and provided with the typical SEVEN THAT SPELLS' style. So they are offering repetitive hypnotic elements as you can hear on the opener Fluxion. This brings them even near to krautrock sometimes.

Have I mentioned before that they use saxophone here and there? Somewhat unusual for a psychedelic band and Ra is surely something very special - dark and obscure - only lead by saxophone echoes and tribal drums. The following LO trilogy is intensive - brutal heavy in parts - with transitions to post rock respectively experimental post metal.

The second part of the album - starting with Black Om Rising - appeals even better to me and this is finally responsible for my decision two give four stars for the complete album. The title song shines with a punching heavy bass which pushes the song all the way supported by the drum kit. This is overlayed with floating spacey guitar and sax contributions - a fantastic composition.

Daktari comes up groovy jamming with a minimal jazzy touch. Guitar, synth and sax innovation pure with a highspeed working backing group - great! Divided in two different moods Tearjerker gets near to the typical dynamical Anekdoten style first - later followed by a gloomy ambient sound front.

A multi-layered album by all means and you can really sense the experience of the band mates. 'Black Om Rising' consists of well-conceived songs. Psych lovers who are open for a heavy sound shouldn't miss that.

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars This album moves to quite radically different direction from the earlier records I have heard, from stoner psychedelia to more aggressive jazzy noise avant tones with math rock flavours. "Fluxion" kicks on with a light stoner riff, joined by electronics and the rhythm section. Menacing bass gives groovy vibes, melodic instruments reach to euphoric states, and instruments fall in to controlled logics. Fast rhythm changes underline this more developed approach in the band's sound. Following "RA" has dark rhythm motives in it's beginning, which shortly disappear to give space for a melancholic jazzy melodies, and then these two elements unite to ethnic drumming and dark ambiences.

The three next songs seem to form a thematic entity "LO", and its first take has post rock oriented solitary guitar waiting impatiently for other instruments to join. They lurk away but still hint their presence, leaving away from the drums in closing. Second take is a bass driven pulsing piece with strong anticipating feeling and controlled chaotic developments, reminding the first album of The Psychic Paramount which I have heard. Third motive has impressive dark jazzy sonic view to grooves, which does quick visits to more hectic planes. John Zorn's jazz violence came as a distant association to my mind from this.

The title track "Black Om Rising" has quite difficult appearing drum lines, which conduct dialogue with bass, creating basis for very beautiful saxophone solo. Later the tune morphs as more uplifting guitar driven rejoicing. Next "Daktari" lounges with wahwah pedals and sudden dramatic changes, before burrowing to deep cosmic caverns. Last track "Tearjerker" continues with fronted bass and kicking rhythms, leading to vigorous chaos sequences, finally concluding to an open ambient shimmering space and electronic hovers.

So, a very different album with much new ideas, and I would recommend to fans of jazzy krautish heavy prog. I admit I personally liked the earlier albums more, but anybody searching experimental record, this is good one from the discography. Nothing technically wrong with it, on the contradictory, the playing skills have grown certainly. Stylistically this was just not my cup of tea.

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4 stars Seven That Spells is the name of another of Niko Potocnjak's (also of Tigrova Mast) bands. This is in fact his primary project and he has had this band for a long time, while Tigrova Mast has only got started more recently. But only one thing matters. In whichever group he plays, we can rest assu ... (read more)

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