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3.0 out of 5 stars It's all too much..., 5 April 2010
This review is from: IAO Chant from the Cosmic Infe rno (Audio CD)
Chances are if you've happened upon this page you'll have more than a passing interest in the stoner-rock/psychedelia genre and, if so, you may well be pleased by this offering. That said I would issue a note of caution in that this album is quite arduous and heavy-going at times. It is largely an extended jam based around Steve Hillage's 'Glorious Omm' riff which lasts (or 'goes on' depending on your point of view) for over fifty minutes. Truly this is not an album for the faint-hearted: the sonic pummelling will either take you to musical nirvana or you'll be screaming for mercy for it to stop. It does have its lighter passages but mainly this is a full-on auditory assault that leaves this listener (for one) somewhat frazzled by the end of the trip (not that I always make it to the end: on a number of occasions I have leapt over to the CD player and almost ripped it out of the tray when I can no longer stand the relentless ear-battering). Clearly something that provokes such an extreme reaction in me must have something going for it though! Nevertheless I am unsure as to what particular context one would listen to this in: while on the one hand I feel this is far too frenetic and exhausting to complement a herbal tea and cigarette (for example), on the other it is perhaps too out-and-out 'rock' (think Hawkwind at full tilt) to be thought of in terms of a psychedelic freak-out. So, for me it's a bit of curate's egg. However, it is worth remembering that you can download the WHOLE album for the price of a single MP3 track so it's well worth checking out if you're undecided or simply curious. You may want to 'buckle up' though: you're in for quite a ride...
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