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THE COSMIC DEAD are a jam rock collective from Glasgow/Scotland, playing a mixture of psych, drone, space and kosmische kraut elements. Members are drummer Julian Dicken and guitarist James T Mckay plus alternating bass and synth collaborators. They formed in early 2010 and one year later the debut album came out on cassette tape via German label Who Can You Trust? Records.

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3.63 | 8 ratings
3.45 | 11 ratings
The Cosmic Dead
3.57 | 7 ratings
The Exalted King
3.75 | 4 ratings
Orbiting Salvation
4.00 | 4 ratings
Inner Sanctum
3.55 | 11 ratings
3.44 | 9 ratings
3.00 | 2 ratings
Scottish Space Race

THE COSMIC DEAD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Cozmik Live Aktion Vol. I
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Note

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 Scottish Space Race by COSMIC DEAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.00 | 2 ratings

Scottish Space Race
The Cosmic Dead Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars An excursion into heavy psychedelic rock that will be emotionally satisfying for a very specific mood set and which, I fear, will not be everyone's cup of tea.

1. "Portal" (20:57) opens with five minutes of tension-building drumless synth and guitar work before machine gun drumming, lap-steel, and hypnotic vocal chant enter and repeat for over six minutes. At 12:18 it all shifts with a kind of LED ZEP "Rock 'n' Roll" frenzied drum beat pacing the way. Guitar and lap-steel go bat crazy (I swear there are more than two tracks creating all of this chaos!) How (or why) they keep it going for so long is a wonder. Screeching vocals become more apparent towards the end. (32/40)

2. "Ursa Major (18:23) a smoother ride with a more melody-conscious ambiance, this one could have been from the 1960s West Coast Psychedelia Scene (e.g., STEPPENWOLF or THE DOORS) or from 21st Century California band PERPLEXA. The drumming skill of Tommy Duffin is much more evidenced here. (35/40)

3. "Video Scottish Space Race (11:54) heavy, GUAPO-RUINS-like heaviness, opens this one. It takes over two minutes to pound it into our heads that this is going to be a heavy, Zeuhl-heavy, song. Once the band falls into the STEPPENWOLF-like pace and guitar chord sequence, an angry vocal is screamed over a choir chant and the music. "Can you dig it?" is the prolonged chorus before the instrumentalists launch off into their wild space trajectories. At times the bass player is going absolutely frantic with his movement on the fretboard. Return to scream vocal and chant for the second half. Entertaining but not really my cup of tea. (21/25)

4. "The Grizzard" (24:08) this one opens with a repetitious crashing that reminds me of some SWANS songs. After about four minutes of this the music straightens out into a cantor over which electric guitar wails and screams for about six minutes before he is joined by a second guitar track. Take the original "Layla" and amp up that guitar duet in the second half by about 20 pills and you get what I'm hearing. At 12:30 the music switches into a more DOORS-like pace and HENDRIX sound--including playing with echoed vocal shouts. This is the motif that plays out over the next eight minutes before things begin to break down and decompose. Interesting. (42/50)

Total Time 75:22

B-/3.5 stars. Try it for yourself--if you dare!

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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