Dodge Meteor are a two-piece heavy psych outfit with members in Newcastle and Italy. Presumably that means that when they do manage to get together in the same room, they waste no time in getting deep and blasted: this recorded debut is dripping with riff power and thundering drums. Released in a limited edition of 50 purple cassettes by Swap Meat.
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Dodge Meteor are a guy from Newcastle and a guy from Italy. Mike Vest (Blown Out / Bong / Drunk In Hell) and Matteo Dainese (Warfare / So Long Saigon and numerous others) finally got together to make some very heavy psych jams. I’m not kidding when I say ‘heavy’, by the way: the guitars are set to maximum distorto-riff and thundering drums are blasted to within an inch of their sorry lives.
Wailing wah-wah guitars (I couldn’t count how many) splinter the sky on opening track ‘Gravitational Drag’ and pounding drums just about make it out of the wall of noise. The bass is almost buried in the mix, but there it is in perfect sync with the guitars for the final third of the opening salvo. Ok, all psych should be this loud. Definitely. On ‘Slipstream’, the guitars and drums still won’t let up. I’m being bludgeoned into submission here, but that’s cool. ‘My Own Hydrogen’ steps down in pace slightly but I think the guitars are cranked up even more. Sheesh.
‘Energy Bill’ ups both the energy and the melodic quotient. It’s still thunderously heavy and perfectly matches the atmospherics of the office on an oppressively hot and muggy day in Leeds. Hey, it’s a great album for sweltering conditions (or for re-creating them and reliving those memories on a cooler day). ‘High Mind’ towers, in a psychedelic way of course, and ‘100% Insectoid’ wrests even more great slabs of piercing riffage which quickly disperse into the void. Very limited copies of this baby on purple cassette, so be quick.
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