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- Inner Sanctum by The Cosmic Dead
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Glasgow’s top psyche explorers The Cosmic Dead come up with another double album of kraut/space rock. It's just the 74 minutes this time whereas their self-titled debut clocked in at a massive 80 minutes. You are letting your standards slip, lads.
Luckily for those who worship their churning exploratory rock (and there are many of you) the 74 minutes will pass by in a bong-shaped blur as the band plunder the back passages of the cosmic psyche wastelands. The album consists of just four tracks. Opener ‘Gustav Bjornstrand’ features the searing guitar and wobbly bass antics that marked their half of the recent split with the preposterously named Pigsx7. ‘The Mass of Betelgeuse’ starts off with acres and acres of fuzzing feedback scree and synth buzz before slowly erupting into a massive rock piece with huge cavernous drums and sky scraping guitars. I’ve just peered inside to discover that the album was recorded live back in 2011. Anyway I’ve reached side three and ‘Inner Sanctum’ features monstrously effected guitar slabs over the top of a pulsating kraut groove. The guitars are so big they all but obliterate the rhythm section. They must have effects pedals as big as a house. The closing ‘Hello Satan’ opens with jazzy descending bass and a mellow bonged out ambience which remains reasonably restrained throughout despite, presumably, all their pipes having long been extinguished over the course of the hour and a bit.
An essential addition to earlier work, then, especially as this was only previously available on cassette. This came wrapped in a lovely cloth sleeve (it sadly doesn't now). For fans of Bong, Hawkwind, Heads, Hookworms, Amon Duul, etc.
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