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THE CASTLE OF A THOUSAND UNIVERSES

Dream Machine

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3.98 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gate (1:05)
2. Vasta Wazza (8:19)
3. Dub Dub (4:29)
4. Happy Dragon (6:35)
5. Vanishing Point (8:19)
6. Sugar Glider (6:26)
7. Mantra (7:42)
8. The Castle Of A Thousand Universes (5:23)

Total Time: 48:18

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex Pym / electric & acoustic guitars
- Julian Adamoli / piano, organ, synths
- Jon Egan / tamboura, ney, silver flute, ...
- Gabriele Tosti / bass, Classical guitar, synth
- Steve Cassidy / drums
- Mark 'Mindflux' Fletcher / percussion, synth

With:
- Matt Shmigelsky / drums (2,8)
- Gavin Griffiths / guitar (8)

Releases information

CD self-released (2008, UK)

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3.98
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Compared to 'Trilogia', the band's studio debut, not only line-up changes are to remark - speaking of new members 'Mindflux' Fletcher on synthesizer and drummer Steve Cassidy. The album also holds shorter songs - compact, less jamming. And the whole sound is more eclectic/diversified additionally provided with several asian flavoured ethnic goodies. Ex-Ozric Tentacle John Egan contributes flutes which are charming and harmonizing now - not that contrasting as performed on the 2006 live DVD recorded in London. The DREAM MACHINE has its origin in space rock beyound doubt. But it looks like the band spreaded their wings and diverse other stylistical elements are partially hijacking the sound to other galaxies too.

Opening the Gate to the album's content with some classical tinged acoustic guitar they immediately are fading into the space fusion song Vasta Wazza which combines some of the album's basic elements. Here we have an impelling bass and drum appearance in a heavy mood (supported by percussion), spacey guitar/synths and eastern styled flutes. This is already referring to jazz rock but much more the great grooving Sugar Glider containing various keyboard contributions from synthesizer to organ. Dub Dub - the title speaks for itself - is provided with a raggae vibe evolving to a classic space rocker with sentimental echoed guitar work. You can detect acoustic piano on Happy Dragon which even has a bluesy origin whereas other songs like Mantra are easy-going and nearly chilling on the other hand.

The title song is on hold for the finale. One from the heavier side again which shows them rocking with duelling guitar and wind instruments. For some time I was wondering if the label space rock is still suitable for this album. But as for the final conclusion I can state they have simply expanded their horizon integrating several other influences. An enjoyable album with a great flow alternating between mellow and heavy parts - I like it very much. Gong fans will be delighted too, I'm sure.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars What a pleasant surprise! From the very first sounds I was really attracted by this album's music! Short opener is acoustic neo-classic intro, very soon continued by great spacey jazz-rock "Vasta Wazza " composition with some oriental influences and strong Gong roots. Excellent fusion drumming and flute built perfect soundscapes."Dub Dub" is reggae rhythm based compositions, but very airy, full of flute, guitar and percussion.

"Happy Dragon" all are Ian Anderson-like flute, but with bluesy guitar, jazzy bass and drums all around. Fresh and interesting."Vanishing Point" is more psychedelic song, but again - very light and airy."Sugar Glider ?shows you great bass, spacey sound effects and wah- wah electric guitar in fast pulsation.

"Mantra" has its Anduvian flute scent in combination with oriental melody. Eastern winds gave even bigger effect there in songs sound.

Very interesting and quite unusual work. If not too much inventive, music there is so fresh, pleasant and almost hypnotizing, that will return back to listen this album again very soon!

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