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Karuna Khyal


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.00 | 26 ratings

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3 stars Absolutely scary!!! Compared to this album, the most experimental stuff produced by Ron Geesin sounds like mainstream. Probably the best way to describe this music is a "sonic mantra".

Officially it contains just two tracks, but it's like the label has lost other than the artist's bio information, also the track titles.

Effectively there's no separation between the tracks, but we can identify at least 4 different parts in Side A. The first impression is that they were experimenting some mixture of mushrooms and acids while recording the album, but with a bit of attention you can catch sounds and ambients now typical of some horror-based Japanese videogames soundtracks.

Side A is dark. Side B is even darker. Try to put the first 10 minutes at high volume while playing "alone in the dark".....

The second part is more chaotic but instead of dark it's just foolish and weird. The harmonica that appears in the last 4-5 minutes of side B adds an improbable bluesy accent. The voice that on Side A is in evidence, here is in the background, so that you can here some growling here and there. One minute before it ends, there is a sudden interruption. No more percussions, just some spacey sounds.

Should I be invited to a happening by the band, I'd be very scared to accept.

About the rating, I think that lovers of Krautrock and psychedelia can consider it a must. People who loves neo-prog and symphonic only should stay away from it.

I'd like to rate it 4, but it's not for ANY prog rock music collection, so I have to decrease to 3.

I suggest this album to dark metal fans, too. It's not metal but it came directly from Hell.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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