This is a site where I will 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.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Tripwave 2- Collection of Modern Russian Psychedelic Music (Trail Records 018)
Trail records are back with another compilation CD of bands from Russia.
Besides Ole Lukkøye and Polska Radio One, all the rest are new to me. Ciolkowska
starts things off with a track called Below the Grass from their CD on R.A.I.G.
records. IT has some really nice guitar playing and soloing in a slow building
track. Very cool stuff. Rada & Blackthorn track features some throat
singing and a lead female vocalist while the music has this dark and mysterious
tone to it, brooding… Later, there is a
longer guitar section and the throat singing takes the lead and the guitar gets
more psyched out. This is a long 14 min
track. Bowl of Knowledge provide an
unreleased track called Ganja Yoga! This is a slow moving track focusing on the
expressive guitar playing. One strumming and one playing the melodies and lead
parts. Sonora had an unreleased track
called Canyon featuring another female vocalist. This was a shorter track and
not as interesting for me. Cosmic Triggers (also unreleased) plays a track
called Syndicate. A sort of dark, eastern wah guitar and droney sounds give it
a sort of brooding, evil feel. The keyboards add to this feeling and create a
new psychedelic feeling to the song. Cool stuff. Ole Lukkøye provide a edited
version (still the longest track on the CD at 15:28) of a track from their last
album called Dyatly. Dead Man tell no tales (unreleased) perform Suicide Trip. This
track is instrumental and starts with a hard rock riff and some intense
drumming but this track did not grab me that much. After a bit of a journey,
the band returns to the start riff and some heavier stuff at the end as the
track speeds up. Kamni (unreleased) plays Forest Song. This is a dreamy song
that reminds me of some of the 80s UK psych stuff. There is a really nice delay
guitar solo. Beautiful. Polska Radio One ends the CD with the track, Shangri-La
from their 2014 album. The underground
seems promising as all of these bands except Ole Lukkøye are quite young based
on the pictures in the nice digipack. Cool compilation.