Spider Kitten’s 8th full length outing stirs a big old cauldron with a broth made up of Pink floyd psych, Black Sabbath riffs, the pure weight of The Melvins and the dark theatricality of Nick Cave. Big chugging riffage topped with soaring vocal deliveries paint an epic adventure in a near future landscape.
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8/10 Tom Customer review, 24th May 2018
Newport’s Spider Kitten are one of the more long enduring and underappreciated underground bands in the UK right now. While some of their peers in the stoner/doom scene seem to breeze by on a wave of praise for essentially rehashing the same old stoner/doom tropes, Spider Kitten always bring something new to the table with a level of ambition and sophistication.
On their latest album Ark Of Octofelis, Spider Kitten bring us high concepts (in every sense of the term) across these two twenty minute tracks, telling a psychedelic story of “malevolent and authoritarian powers, unexplained goings-on in the desert and a rock band’s quest to recapture the landscape”. Musically the undercurrent is a stoner groove but with an ambitious Pink Floyd-meets-King Crimson air. Few bands have the gumption to try to pull this kind of thing off in this day and age, and the fact that they manage to make it work in a hugely enjoyable album is a testament to the mighty staying powers of Spider Kitten.
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