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SYNAPSE

The Spacelords

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 9 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well I'm sold. These guys sound like Germany's answer to THE SPACIOUS MIND who are from Sweden. The drummer had been going regularly to West Africa since 1991 learning their style of drumming. The guitarist has taken many trips to India since the seventies which has influenced his playing. The bass player also adds synths to their spacey yet often powerful style of jamming. This stuff might be fairly straight-forward without the complexities I'm used to but I Iove this style of music. Oh by the way THE SPACELORDS is such a cool name for a Psychedelic band, and that these guys are from Germany somehow makes this even more legit.

"Synapse" opens with the synths rolling in and hovering as it were over the soundscape as the drums join in. Heaviness before a minute then the guitar starts to slowly lay waste everything within range. It does settle back some 3 minutes in and I love the synths here as the guitar continues to play overtop. It's heavier again around 5 1/2 minutes and even heavier at 6 minutes. Check out that rhythm 7 minutes in. A great start! "Sitarguitar" is very spacey to start in fact this is downright blissful. A beat comes in before a minute in this relaxed soundscape as the guitar solos tastefully. Just trippin' at this point. They seem to up the power around 4 minutes in. The guitar is more of the focus before 7 minutes then it turns more psychedelic and spacey after 10 minutes, and it's experimental here as well.

"No 2" builds right from the start and it's very spacey with a beat, bass and guitar. I can listen to this on repeat all day long. "Pyroclastic Monster" has this powerful drones of guitar as the bass and drums kick in. A change before 2 minutes and it's absolutely gorgeous. Every time I hear this I'm moved, and it will be reprised a couple of more times on this track. Spacey synths follow then we get these strange spoken vocals before 3 minutes. There's that beautiful soundscape again before 4 minutes. It settles back 5 minutes in then more of those strange spoken words in an experimental soundscape. Tribal-like drumming after 6 minutes and it's picking up speed until the heaviness kicks in. Here come the riffs!

I had this thing just cranked so many times. My kind of music.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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