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Veteran out-rockers Bardo Pond return this week with album number nine on Fire Records, collecting five brand new tracks of their sludgy stoner-doom psychedelia for your listening convenience. It’s a raw-sounding production full of spluttering guitars and slow crashing drums and soaring but fragile vocals.
Some of the early songs here offer up some of their trademark loose stoner grooves, but to my ears ‘Chance’ is the most interesting cut of the bunch here, boasting a Grails-esque riff and lots of flute twiddling in place of the vocals, a welcome change in texture which really lifts the album as they choogle through a restrained and smoky jam with some nice Karate-style slow-downs. It’s business as usual from this lot overall though really. Fans of their sound will like it, but likewise those previously unconvinced are unlikely to find much to change their mind.
7/10 Andy Customer review, 13th August 2014
For a time there I was quietly obsessed with Bardo Pond. It had to do with the sheer vulgar glory of 'Bufo Alvarius', the lopsided Stones riff of 'Despite The Roar' and the blissful bloody loudness of their fucked n' fuggy live performance. While this fancy didn't pass, per se, it did dwindle some. I kept tabs on what they were doing but didn't fully ensconce myself in their shroom-damaged world. Truth be told, it was probably for the best: keep at it too long and your brain'll turn to glue and you'll find yourself good for naught beyond tye dyeing t-shirts in a commune with 16 other bead-wearing burnouts and their barefooted, semi-feral children. Despite knowing all the dangers, I fear 'Peace On Venus' may represent a rekindling of this obsession. There's nothing much to recommend it beyond what the band are already familiar for (heavy, broken blues; meandering flute lines; spaced-out vocals and loping hypnotics), but it's just so damn good. Just listen to woozy, ramshackle opener 'Kali Yuga Blues' and tell me I'm a fibber. You know you can't, and with enough exposure you'll soon find yourself on the same slippery slope as me, planning three-week sojourns to Stonehenge, frequently dropping the word 'equinox' into your vague, faltering conversations and talking far too much nonsense about crystals.
9/10 Rob Customer review, 4th November 2013
Sludgey, stoned, quiet/loud guitar jams that shoot you off in to space and contemplation why Bardo Pond aren't more widely known. From the first track to the last it is captivating, encompassing and and mesmerising.
One of their best and highly recommended.
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