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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.65 | 213 ratings

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3 stars I do believe this record is among of the most psychedelic ones in the whole music history! That's completely insane! The organ treatment is often pushed to the limits bearable. The tracks are really VISCERAL and borderline insane at many bits. During the experimental and crazy moments, the music just sounds lacerated, like the brutal & burning ache involved during a violent & deep expectorating cough. When the music is more structured, the tracks can be very good: the melodic & ardent organ offers a cavernous & religious texture: Keith Emerson immediately comes to mind, but the musician here is obviously less a virtuoso. I have a problem with the guitar sound: it is often dangerously badly crafted, seeming to focus too much on the bizarre & weird noise produced. "Azatoth" slightly reminds me the band Mandalaband, especially the lead vocals. There are some bluesy rock/hard rock textures like on "Leg" and "Clean Innocent Fun". The "epic" "Metempsychosis" is almost a total mess of disgraceful & annoying noises, comparable to the worst krautrock disasters: this last track contributes to lower the rating: I give an overall rating of 3 stars only because "Metempsychosis" lasts more than 16 minutes.
greenback | 3/5 |


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