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THE BLACK TOMATO

ěresund Space Collective

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 69 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE is based out of Copenhagen and boasts a 9 peice band with members from Denmark, U.S.A. and Sweden. The band themselves describe this album in the liner notes like this: "In some ways, this is our most Krautrock-in-space effort yet but also some of the best heavy grooves we have ever made as well". Considering there are three guitarists, two bass players, a drummer and three guys playing a variety of keyboards and synths you would think it would sound chaotic and too busy. It doesn't though, this is very rhythmic and trippy as they seem to jam endlessly during this 77 minute album.

"Rumble" is divided into 5 parts and is over 38 minutes long. Part 1 (Faked It All The Way) has a nice heavy sound to it and a great rhythm. The guitar comes ripping in around a minute, a blistering attack. It calms down 6 minutes in as the rhythm stops. Part 2 (Consumed By The Goblin) has some spoken words before a minute that are replaced by heavy drums and synths. The guitars start to make some noise. Psychedelic guitars before 9 minutes and then it settles a minute later as it blends into Part 3 (OSC Bolero). This part has a beat as it builds to a great sound 4 minutes in as the guitar starts to light it up. Spoken words after 5 minutes as the trippy sound continues. Part 4 (Falling Stardrops) trips along in a laid back way. Deep bass, guitar and drums are prominant. Synths come and go. The tempo slows down before 7 1/2 minutes as it blends into part 5 (Grab A Cab). Synths wash in before a minute in this spacey conclusion.

"The Black Tomato" is divided into three parts and is 32 minutes long. Part 1 (Moonhead) quickly builds, leading to a great sound 4 minutes in. Lots of synths. Organ 5 minutes in. It settles as it blends into part 2 (Sundown) where it picks back up quickly. I really like the sound 5 1/2 minutes in as the organ rips it up. The guitar is aggressive 8 1/2 minutes in. It calms right down 11 minutes in as it blends into part 3. It's 3 minutes before a fuller sound comes in.Love it ! Especially the guitar then organ after 6 minutes. The guitar is on fire after 8 minutes. Amazing sound. "Viking Cleaner" builds from spacey synths to bass, drums and guitar a minute in, to an intense soundscape before 5 minutes.

This is an incredible trip that is easily 4 stars. A must for Spacerock fans.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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