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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, amazing music, beautifully packaged., 2 July 2008
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This review is from: Altar [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Get this while you can! They don't usually make them like this anymore, triple vinyl, gorgeous colour booklet with an essay and coloured (or clear) vinyl.
And as for the music...
Well all the collaborators have outdone themselves on this mighty album. For your money, you get the full version of the LP (as only available on a very rare 2CD set) including Her Lips Were Wet With Venom - a radical reworking of Soundgarden's obscure Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas (or S.O.M.M.S). The track features the combined talents of Sunn O))), Boris and Dylan Carlson (of the band Earth) and is an uber-heavy improvisatory epic which allows each musician to in turn display their reportoire. The result is awesome.
Then there's the rest of the album, bracketed by opening and closing tracks Etna and Bloodswamp - two fine sludge-doom monoliths enlivened by Atsuo's explosive drums and Wata's searing guitar solos. Betwen these tracks are four others which each push the boundaries of the impressively broad genres that both Sunn and Boris normally reference. The Sinking Belle, with Jesse Sykes' lush whispery vocals is like Earth (on their recent Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull album) meeting Mike Moya's Hrsta in the middle of a nervous breakdown, whereas Akuma No Kuma with it's vocodered Joe Preston (Melvins) vocal, banks of fried analogue synths and trombone(!) is indescribably and magnificently weird.
Fried Eagle Mind presents atmospheric and haunting psychedelia to challenge the most travelled psychonaut, with eerie calm and twanged guitars and soundscape, and Wata's otherwordly breathy and seductive vocals.
I cannot give this LP set sufficient praise, it is an essential collection of collaborative works from a group of artists at the peak of their powers.
If you only buy one vinyl LP in your whole lifetime, let it be this one.
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