The new single from Stoke on Trent band Psyence is an unhinged, dark, metal-inspired acid trip of a record. It starts off mellow enough, then descends (ascends?) into excellent multicoloured super-noisy mayhem. Groovy yet face melting; Stone Henge meets Donington. Get it now on limited red coloured vinyl, out on Salvation Records.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 12 November 2014
For an unforgiving half a minute, the new single from psych rockers Psyence sounds kind of like a powerviolence rendition of Al Stewart’s “Year Of The Cat’, sourcing skittering cymbal rushes with an obscure vocal harmony and a sudden, piercing scream that rallies the cosmic troops. From there, it becomes another workmanlike effort for Psyence, with the ragged metal edges counterbalanced with sweet, wah pedal grin, guitar tricks and lyrics about a bird that reincarnates in flames. You know, all those standard cliches, right? Its to Psyence’s credit that they go hard in everything they do, and by the time “Phoenix” is over it’s hard not to feel righteously obliterated.
B-side keeps the energy flowing and the drinks clinking, though it feels more purposely obscured, the transparent vocals of “Phoenix” replaced with buried coos that sound like they belong to a lucid dream. The grooves remain and are hurried along at the band’s rather irresistible breakneck speed. Because if you’re playing music in a diluted genre, you might as well play it so fast no one notices.
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