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Helsinki based FROM GROTTO is a psychedelic fusion of sounds in a form of a rock band, founded in September 2015. With the help of some friends Joonas Turner (keyboards), Antti Pasonen (guitars), Riku Hyötyläinen (bass) and Pekka Takalainen (drums) musically are offering an aural explosion, always filled with different colours. As every live show is a unity per se, their albums are showing a crossover of styles, complexity, twists and turns, much playfullness.

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 From Grotto by FROM GROTTO album cover Studio Album, 2017
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From Grotto Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Hailing from Helsinki, Finland the band FROM GROTTO derive their inspiration from the most unlikely of sources. The band took their name from the spelunking activities of their local cave explorations and found that when fire was lit within the walls of the caverns that the ancient wisdom of those who had lived so long ago seemed to have infected them in strange ways. The band has gained quite the local reputation of putting on stellar live psychedelic shows in which they weave their musical might with the flickering psychedelic effects as inspired by the flames on cave walls. The band released their EP debut "Mython" in 2015 and have at long last issued a proper follow-up in the form of this eponymously titled full-length debut. While the four original members remain in the lineup with the usual guitar, bass, drum and vocals, this debut full-length differs significantly from the debut EP in that there are two more musicians on board with Antti Vauhkonen joining the band to add sultry saxophones and flirtatious flutes as well as Joonaten Juvonen contributing even more percussive sounds in the party. Likewise the band's sound is just bigger and has more room to play around with the inclusion of an expanded use of keyboards.

FROM GROTTO have crafted some very distinct psychedelic rock in their wake as they have taken the basic blueprints of blues-inspired hard rock by such greats as Jimi Hendrix and added many progressive elements that take liberties in lengthy compositional structures as well as interesting time signature changes that incorporate many jazz and electronic elements into the mix as well. The beauty of it all is how well they mix all these elements together in order to create a much more interesting sum of these parts. The overall sound is extremely psychedelic as the guitar effects often echo and reverberate into the ionosphere and beyond. When the band members play heavy, they are a super-tight unit but when they enter space cadet mode they can flitter off into their own respective universes and create some of the coolest spaced out rock just dripping with atmospheric appurtenances and create the most satisfying of heady floating tripped out experiences.

What i love about this band is that every member has a firm control of the music at hand. All the instruments are played with the utmost precision and the tunes are crafted in a very artistic way with strong melodic developments always leading the way but psychedelic drifting liberties always allowed to play out when its appropriate to see them through. One of the highlights of listening to FROM GROTTO is the strong and charismatic vocal performances of Joonas Turner whose passionate vocal phrasings are the real deal and exactly what a rock singer is supposed to sound like as he takes control of the musical developments and reels you in until you're hooked. While much of the album contains vocals, there are also long segments that cater to instrumental detachments and allow the time to simply float through the music.

One track, "The Floating Head" makes a reprise from the debut EP but all the others are totally new. One of my favorites is the didjeridoo opening sequence of "The One That Watches" and how the strong wall of percussion builds and builds as a jazzy piano slowly slinks into the energetic march of the drum circle creating an interesting contrast that finds resolution as it evolves into a trippy jazz-rock type of track with excellent vocals and syncopated guitars, bass and keys that offer a totally cool wild ride. On top of the brilliantly composed tracks is also the mixing and production of the album as every instrument is perfectly placed in relation to the other courtesy of the sound technician Niilo Takalainen. FROM GROTTO is simply impressive as they range from being a super tight band to independently existing in their own soundscapes. One of the best psychedelic bands i've heard in a while and looking forward to hearing what comes next.

 Mython by FROM GROTTO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
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From Grotto Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars FROM GROTTO is an up and coming psychedelic rock band from Helsinki, Finland that has gained quite the reputation for their live settings where they utilize visual mirages to complement their interesting psychedelic guitar effects and high energy musical performances. MYTHON is their debut EP which came out in 2015 and consists of four tracks. This one has a more stripped down sound than their feature length eponymous debut album that came out in 2017. On this one there is a the usual rock instrumentation of Antti Pasonen on guitar, Riku Hy'tyl'inen on bass and Pekka Takalainen on drums. Joonas Turner handles the vocals and unlike the full-length debut this one does not contain the sultry sax and as many keyboards but comes across as a much rawer sound with heavy rock approach with some excursions into planet Lysergia.

This band has a sound all its own even on this first offering. The name FROM GROTTO comes from a single experience of exploring caves which ended up with tales of inspiration brewing into the night which would lead to the formation of the band as the caves were home to ancient dwellers who carried the inspiration through the ages. On MYTHON we are treated to four heavy and psychedelic tracks that feature both heavy guitar riffs as well as cool effects that make them echo and zigzag around like fireflies in a summer sky. The bassist is really strong here as he boldly sets himself apart from the guitar parts as the drums persistently pound away and successfully create their own realities somewhere in between the two string players.

Perhaps the strongest attribute of FROM GROTTO is the charismatic vocal domination of Joonas Turner who, like any excellent lead singer of a rock band, takes the bull by the horns and steers the listener into the midst of the powerful concoction of sound and poetic prose as he belts out one line after another. While the ambience isn't as strong as on their full album, there are segments of psychedelic ambience and atmospheric head trips to another world as heard on the intro of 'Slightly Rotten' which with a running time of over ten minutes constitutes one of the most psychedelic experiences of this brief EP. This is also my favorite track as it goes for the gusto in the psychedelic department and really lets loose a maelstrom of echoey feedback and instrumental freneticism. While not as good as the full-length debut, MYTHON is definitely a great listen and a worthy precursor to a unique band that continues to get better.

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