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Fans of the Heads should move quickly for this album of pummelling kraut rock and psych which features one member of US stoner rockers Monster Magnet and no fewer than three members of the Heads. Full of riffs and drones that have been wafted back and forth across the atlantic ocean this is sure to vomit out of our warehouse so be quick especially if you want the white vinyl edition. 

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Lost Chants / Last Chance by Kandodo / McBain 2 reviews. Add your own review. 9/10
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8/10 Staff review, 13 September 2016

Some very sonic men, who would fill up a pie chart as three quarters the Heads and one quarter Monster Magnet, have gotten together and made a very long album of furiously wahing psychedelic bravado. They call themselves Kandodo, but they love incoming member John McBain so much they put him in the title, because stoned-out solos be damned, they are very sweet men. They call ‘Lost Chants/Last Chance’ Drug Rock, which might be the lamest genre tag I’ve ever heard -- instead, I’d call it Real Nice, a surprisingly pretty set of psychedelic tunes that are well-tempered and even catchy amidst the drone rock onslaught.

I’m surprised by this record’s sideways glances at psychedelia. “Blowed Out” shows a band in the mood to swap dynamics, actually heading back down the mountain of riffs after climbing it, bringing the whole thing down to a quiet hangover phase and eventually letting an earthy drumbeat march things into bed. “Holy Skye” sounds like a second gen post-rock track with its swirling guitar signals emotively leading a pre-established climax. Even “Megladon’t” offers a surprise, quietly mumbling the band’s improvised psychedelia instead of loudly showing it off.

The forever long “Really Blown Out” is a nice example of how to both trade with and make true on traditional hard psychedelia -- its reverberating intro riffs and slow, sludgy drums recall one of Earth’s rock soundscapes, the band using this placemat to build heavily distorted, slowly estranging riffs that hold the listener’s attention through the means of thorough repetition and minute climaxing. It’s an example of four genre titans who have done enough soloing and stagnating to know where the ratio needs to balance out -- the second outro, though, with its gorgeous and sentimental chords, makes me think there’s a lot to this quartet we never knew. Add the melancholic rock riffage of "Holiest Skye" to the plate -- which sounds one part Boris on 'Flood' and one part post-metallers Isis -- and you've got... a lovely listen, to be honest. 

10/10 Customer rating (no review), 29th September 2016



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