Vinyl LP £13.49
Ltd 180g marble vinyl LP on Sound Of Cobra. Edition of 400 copies.
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- EasterFaust by The Cosmic Dead
Space rockers The Cosmic Dead have another album out this week, it's their fourth in a year or something but it's the first time they've constrained themselves to a single LP.
There's one long track per side, titled 'Part I' and 'Part II', and it's a giant double-headed space monster. On the first side they ease you in slowly with some mystical and restrained cosmic krautrock burbling which slowly morphs over the course of the side into a white-hot cauldron of whooshing synth and booming bass and squealing distorto-guitar ecstasy. There are vocals on the quieter bit, I've never really noticed vocals on the other records of theirs that I've heard, they're kind of somewhere between Bardo Pond and Chaudelande-era Gnod.
The first side ends somewhat abruptly when they're in full psych-splatter flow, and turning the record over I discover that 'Part II' starts with similar abandon, it's not one continuous track but the enthusiastic clamour which closed the first side is echoed in the face-slamming intro to the second. There's nowhere left to go build-up wise so on this side the 'Dead focus on taking us back down to earth, the pulverizing riff-o-rama easing into a chugging kraut groove with a warm trebly bassline while the synth and guitar ping off one another with pendulous melodies and anarchic squealing, gradually reducing the intensity until a final fade-out which leaves us in an alien wilderness of guitar tinkles and singing distortion.
The closing moments offer a brief bit of fast-paced hard rock grooving from tired fingers, which sounds cool enough but seems a bit tagged on and disrupts the pleasingly cyclical shape in which the album is otherwise structured. A minor gripe though, if you're into heavy psychedelic rock then this is totally worth a go.
9/10 Anders Nilsson Customer review, 14th April 2014
Louder, heavier and further out in space. An enjoyable trip.
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