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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fire Records
  • ASIN: B00F5VQI64
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Kali Yuga Blues 7:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Taste 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Chance10:37Album Only
Listen  5. Before the Moon10:45Album Only

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LP comes with insert and is black vinyl 140gm LP. Fire Records will be releasing 'Peace on Venus' by Philadelphia's foremost purveyors of psychedelic rock, Bardo Pond. Delving deep in to their subconscious to bring it to the conscious, the band again dazzle us with their gift for heavy riffs laced with soaring vocals and swathes of sound. The recording process of 'Peace On Venus' used the principle of the Quintessence, which is a principle cited by the 16th Century physician Paracelsus, who noted: "Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue thereof, and this is the principle of the Quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs. of a given substance into a single Ounce, and that ounce far exceeds the 20 lbs. in potency. Hence the less there is of body, the more in proportion is the virtue thereof. As Michael Gibbons from Bardo Pond says: "We wanted to make an album that held true to the single vinyl format LP, and have that be as potent a listening experience as possible. A Less is more statement in essence... The basic tracks were recorded live as a full band here in our studio the "Lemur House", and subsequently tracked here as well giving a live quality to the tunes." More information on Bardo Pond written by Tony Dale, R.I.P., from a feature in The Ptolemaic Terrascope: The world's most essential psychedelic rock experience should defy rational explanation and scholarly deconstruction. No tablature can define for you what these latter day cosmic couriers bring to the table, no lyric sheet will give you access to their text; you put the music on, close your eyes, and dream your equivalent of the pond into existence. Bardo Pond has the outward specifications of a rock band - guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, occasional but crucial flute and violin and vocals - but the rivers that converge into the band's oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. Their slow-motion avalanches of churning instrumentation and voice suggest drugged states but don't necessarily require them. They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul's passage to alternate states of consciousness. At the foundation of the pyramid, the drums of Jason Kourkounis and the bass of Clint Takeda lay down a sinewy, sexy and hypnagogic bottom end. At the centre of the pyramid, the twin guitars of John and Michael Gibbons send out emissaries of fire, flaying flesh from bone in a storm of holy liberation. Isobel Sollenberger inhabits the place where the pyramid meets the eye of their storm, weaving fibres of voice, flute and violin through the din. I heard someone comment recently that the limits of music have now been defined, bracketed by John Cage's silence at one end and Merzbow's maximum noise at the other, leaving only the option of filling the spaces in between. Bardo Pond demonstrate how much scope there is to innovate within that continuum. If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Bordoli on 15 April 2014
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I've played the the first track on this, Kali Yurga Blues more times than I care to remember and keep going back to it. Like many of their songs it long (7 mins plus), but always seems shorter than it is are and never seems a moment too long. I've been partly prompted to review this album simply because its sitting lonley at the top of their list on amazon without any reviews! This band deserve a listen by anyone into this kind of music. I'm not sure they have much of a following here across the pond hence the lack of reviews. It's the first of their albums I've owned having been played some of their other stuff by a friend. I'll be borrowing some more from him and buying some more shortly!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
the very essence of psychedelic guitar freak-out music 14 Nov. 2013
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Somewhere between the 9th and the 13th album from this Philadelphia institution, “Peace On
Venus” leaves the following impressions: Heavy, thick chord structures loaded with slow,
explosive power. Penetrating, heavenly, speaker-shaking psychedelic riffs. Wall-plastering
mega-slabs of twisted & trippy feedback. Mind-blowing post-hippie head rock of the highest
order. An all-out, soul-deep blast of down-tempo, immersive, earth-shaking black-light manna.
Heavy metal outer-space rocket-ship after-burn folk music. Incredibly soaring iron-feather stone-
smashers. Loving white noise destruction from the beating heart of the earth’s lava core. The
distortion of beauty in its most elevated form. The combination of dreamy vocals and rumbling
power-sludge guitars is a magically effective synthesis that recalls the heavy side of True Widow
and Neil Young in his most openly disturbed guitar moments. Hey, if they feel the need to throw
in some haunting, atonal flute notes, who am I to complain? Hell, you could cover this with
cheap pizza sauce and it would still be one of the best things I’ve heard this year. Do we quiver,
cry, or let ourselves be absorbed by the encompassing sound-quake? This is the sort of
quandary I wish I had to deal with more often. “Peace On Venus” is a genuinely amazing album
that defines the very essence of psychedelic guitar freak-out music. I would give it six stars if I
could. Absolutely brilliant, a true classic.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Never Left A Turn Unstoned 11 Nov. 2013
By kabalabonga - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sounding off with both a heavily-and-finely grained texture channeled through their distortion pedals, the Brothers Gibbons begin their ninth full-length release with "Kali Yuga Blues", a track that perfectly distills the quintessential nature of their best recordings; a twin-guitar attack that manages to resonate at frequencies that might have been designed to beam open a wormhole and echo both explosively and endlessly throughout its length until emerging at the other end of the universe, Isobel Sollenberger coaxing lines from her flute that not only provide a transcendent counterpoint but perhaps a way to potentially communicate with alien beings inhabiting those areas as a form of universal translation, complemented by her phantasmic vocals and percussive work from both drummer Jason Kourkonis and bassist Clint Takeda that cements it all heavily together, never managing to leave a turn unstoned , unwinding over a blissful 7+ minutes.

Most heavily structured on this five-track release are two other shorter cuts, "Taste" and "Fir". Savory from first note to fade-out,"Taste" is heavily melodic and heady, Sollenberger's flute lending a kind of spectral presence to the heavily modulated, interlocking riffs both Gibbons brothers are coaxing from their guitars, and though it seems to unfold timelessly, it clocks in at about 5 minutes. Savagely eruptive it might not exactly be, but "Fir" has both a fitfulness and fluidity to it that managed to both pound heavily and lightly tickle the hair inside of my eardrums. Never quite working its way to a sustained explosive crescendo from its rustic acoustic birth and sussurating flutework, "Chance" is nevertheless one of those patiently evolving tracks that milks an enormous level of energy and dynamic tension over the course of its ten-minute length, as pedal racks are once again deployed to create a massive wall of ferocious sound.The only misfire here, and I use that term in a relative sense, is "Before The Moon", a track that is somewhat aggressive and menacing when weighed against the rest of the release but never quite achieved clearance from its formative stage.

Nevertheless, "Peace On Venus" is overall a tighter, more compact and cohesive recording than the 'Pond's eponymous 2011 release and (at least in my opinion) is one of their releases ("On The Ellipse" being the other) that is best heard in an uninterrupted fashion, ideally with a pair of killer headphones. While it really breaks no real new ground, "Peace On Venus" represents a conscious effort by the band to trim the excess and reign in some of their more indulgent tendencies, and within the context of the first three cuts, has a powerfully liberative effect, A definite and unqualified recommendation, for sure.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beauty from volume 15 Nov. 2013
By john the lawyer - Published on
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Been a fan since '95. These lovely folks mostly do one thing but they do it better that anyone else. A near-Ramones level of purity. For fans of Mogwai, John McLaughlin, Explosions in the Sky and bliss. And how is it that nobody else gets how gorgeous a flute sounds over billowing guitar distortion? Me, I don't get it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bardo Pond - 'Peace On Venus' (Fire Records) 5 Feb. 2015
By Mike Reed - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Of the numerous bands, artists, side projects, etc. CD's put out every month - it's tough to keep track and listen to every CD put out - but I simply had to take the time to take in this current Bardo Pond disc. Thoroughly enjoyed the suitable opener "Kali Yuga Blues" as well as the stunning "Taste". But my two favored tracks here are the couple of sonic epics - "Chance" and "Before The Moon" of which both of these stellar gems clock in at over the ten-minute mark. 'Peace On Venus' showcases just how post-psych Bardo Pond still is to this very day. Plus, I had to mention that vocalist Isobel Sollenberger's contribution is as out-standing as ever. An absolute must-have.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of my two favorite bands over the last 15 years 12 Dec. 2013
By A. Armitage - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As always, brothers Gibbons, Takeda and Kourkonis provide a great dirgy foundation, ala early Black Sabbath meets early 90's Neil Young, for the beautiful floating and hypnotic flute and vocal work of Ms. Sollenberger. Michale Gibbons production work is fantastically thick, as usual, and seems to get better with every album they do. Not only did I find his work to be thick but also a bit brighter than I remember the last outing being. A perfect balance IMHO.
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