This is a site where I post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well. I recently moved to Portugal so please request the new address and do not send any music to Denmark anymore. Tak..
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Acid Elephant- Star Collider (Kiarama Records)
Elephant are a new band for me. This is apparently their third release. The CD
features 5 long songs and the band is from Pori, Finland, one of my favourite
countries ad the home of CIRCLE. The band is a four piece of guitar, bass,
drums and keyboards. They describe themselves on bandcamp as drone stoner rock.
Las noches del desierto is the first track and the music is pretty stoned, with
a cool smooth groove and vocal. Cool song but I did not hear any keyboards. Red
Carpet Lane (10mins) continues in the same vein but the guitar has a slightly
heavier tone this time but the same repetitive stoner groove with the smooth
style of singing continues. The long spacey mid-section of this track takes
things down and there is some nice hand drumming to compliment the guitar
lines, with a slight eastern feel and then they build it up at the end with
some nice psychedelic double tracked guitar for a short section (wish it was
longer). 7th Stone starts off slow, searching, exploring, finding
it’s feet, direction as the track slowly takes shape. The drums and percussion
change the feel of the song but it stays out there is experimental drone-space
land until the end (14mins). Godmason has a far out sounding intro with some
effects on the bass and guitar as it slowly drones in. Quite suddenly, you get
jolted out of your place when the drums kick into compliment the heavy bass and
the guitar line slowly develops. Finally you can actually hear some spacey
synth-keyboard sounds for a few small parts as it builds up in intensity and
into a super cool track. So far each of the tracks on this record has been
quite different from each other, something I really like about this band. BOG
is the last track to end, mostly likely your first Acid Elephant, journey.. BOG
is another trip unto it’s own, with some buried vocals at the beginning and
heavy on the distorted bass… this last track is a far out droney monster….
Sadly, there was some glue or something on the cd so this track was skipping a
lot.. Cool trip..