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GALACTICKA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Finland


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GALACTICKA is a five-piece-collective from Tampere, Finland consisting of Jukka (drums), Mika (bass), Nixon (keyboards) plus guitarists Jussi and Vesa. Calling their music 'Waste Of Space Rock' with an ironical wink the band is very much interested in freeform guitar-based instrumental music. They play together on the understanding that no track will ever be finished and thus always be created new, whether that is in the rehearsal space or on stage.

Based on an often pretty heavy sound, more rhythmic than melodic, opposed by the moog/rhodes that flows free and by all means excessive in the overall sound, they create an hypnotic atmosphere which draws the listeners into the cosmos of GALACTICKA. Starting in 2004 some promos/demos were released by their own record label with a small amount of around 100 copies which are officially sold out.

After a brief visit to Germany in summer 2006 the band went back to Finland to record the official debut album 'Apocalypse Psychedelicka' which is available via Warmmilk Records. The production captures the energy and the deep, dark groove that makes GALACTICKA unique very well and also gives a good idea about the freeform music they play.

(based on informations by Warmmilk Records/Germany)

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2.00 | 3 ratings
The Void / Cargo
2004
2.00 | 1 ratings
Inner Solar Error
2005
1.00 | 1 ratings
Avanto
2005
3.95 | 2 ratings
Apocalypse Psychedelicka
2006

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Varjo
2005
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Experiment
2005
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dEEp
2006
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Conspiracy
2006

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 The Void / Cargo by GALACTICKA album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.00 | 3 ratings

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The Void / Cargo
Galacticka Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Galacticka are extreme hardcore space rockers that rely heavily on repetitive drones and atmospheric psych prog patterns.

There are spacey effects and a trance like rhythm throughout. This is not Hawkwind but they have some qualities especially the repetition and space trills, though a more electronic sound is generated. After 6 minutes I was longing for at least some variation, the droning pulsating synths are nerve jangling. As if in answer to my thoughts the pattern actually changed, the monotone drone stops and becomes a more pleasant melodic drone. This is similar to early Can or Tangerine Dream's 'Phaedra' that was equally dull. Then the sound stops suddenly and a great little keyboard solo follows at 6:55. The bassline is hypnotic, the drums are sporadic: this is hardcore space rock! And it won't appeal to everyone. I'm not even sure how much I can take. Track 2 is Part 2 of The Void and it drones on for a whopping 14 minutes. The languid repetitive notes go on and on. There is little variation and it takes infinite patience to endure, like being stuck on a space craft unable to get off. The music entraps you and cocoons the environment. This is very claustrophobic music without room to breathe. There is a little synth solo though it is high pitched enough to make the dogs outside bark and the canary's head spin. At 6:12 there is a cool spacey effect that made me sit up and take notice and then the time sig changes? to a crawl and it gets increasingly dull, hypnotically lulling me to sleep.

Cargo in a number of parts is next. This is perhaps more interesting with more variation. It has some really weird vibes, random drum patters dropped onto a canvas of synth and some echoes of guitar. A genuinely ethereal and creepy sound is created. There is a lot of hi hat cymbal work, quite jazzy, and nuances of timeless little motifs from synth. Pt 5 in particular is exceptionally atmospheric, turning the room dark with its disturbing minimalism. The sound is fiendish, perhaps too chilling for repeated listens. Eventually the suite settles into a drone with pulsating hi pitched harmonics glistening like wet leather on the sandy grainy sonic vibration. The next section builds to a crescendo of a wash of synth and loud vibrant grinding piano. It moves into new territory with a thundering bass and galactic swells of coloured synth. This is certainly getting better, the dissonance of spacey effects against a sustained drone is unnerving, and a steady drum pattern hooks in. this goes on for minutes without variation and as the last part fades away you know you have been on a journey.

I think perhaps this journey is designed to be experienced once. As once the novelty wears off the music is too repetitive and non varied to have a sustained effect on the listener. The hypnotic effect is admirable but it is not exactly endurable. The sonic noise can become grating on the nerves and I can only recommend this to hardcore space addicts. Tread with caution.

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 Apocalypse Psychedelicka by GALACTICKA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Apocalypse Psychedelicka
Galacticka Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Issued by the german label Warmmilk Records 'Apocalypse Psychedelicka' is said to be GALACTICKA's only official release so far. Now this is confusing a little bit because they have not less than eight productions out now which have a length of an ordinary album release at least half way through. Five musicians represent a steady line-up during the recent years and are staying for a musical style which mixes heavy psychedelic with space rock developed in a non-limited jamming way.

This album was recorded soon after they came back to Finland from a tour in Germany. The opener Acid Rain shows the band's trademark quite good. Initiated by a rainy sample military drums are faded in after a while and then they turn into a deep groove - hypnotic, growing dynamically and provided with repetitive guitar riffs. A united workout where only keys/synths are soloing a lot. Unsanity on the other hand tends more to a classic space rocker with cosmic synths. The band glides into a weird floating part with some accordeon snippets then where you get the impression they are losing the orientation. But no problem though - they are coming back to the track soon decorated with nice electric piano additions.

Implosion reminds me of Hidria Spacefolk's dynamic a lot which is mixed up with some folk elements whereas Fallout is provided with a Black Sabbath alike slowtempo drone groove. Both guitars are heavy riffing through the whole track backed by a repetitive bass line. Homo Nihilus finally convinces with great power once again featuring an impulsive drum work.

Based on evolving free improvisations the GALACTICKA line-up is proving a fantastic interplay here with these jam excerpts. You won't find guitar solos but tons of riffs provided by Vesa and Jussi. Recommended to stoner and space rock fans.

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