© Bruno Ferrari
What can we say about this combination of factos? Acid Mothers Temple play Black Sabbath. Words are hard to find to describe this gig. To have Japan’s most out there combo perform Birmingham’s sixties bleak grim sounds? The matter of fact is, it’s a wonderful proposition and one I wouldn’t want to miss.
Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid enter onstage and as the bass drum pounds a metronomic beat, a distorted heavy guitar wail erupts and everyone instantly recognizes Iron Man. Immediately you’re pulled into familiar territory and you turn yourselfo into a headbanging Geroge Romero zombie.
The thing is Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid aren’t Black Sabbath. They are who they are and there’s a breath of fresh air pumped into the classic Sab songs. Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid simplly stamp their custombrand of psyched out space rock and familiar songs become unexpected blasts of energy that make you travel like never before. Sabbath songs go cosmic and achieve lift off.
As we are treated to Sweet Leaf, you witness Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid finding a groove not always there with the Japanese psychsters more straight ahead ful throttle sonic attacks. Ritchie Blackmore on acid’s influence on Makoto Kawabata’s guitar is for anyone who cares to observe. So much that he breaks a string on The Wizard and he has to change said string, allowing a harmonica, bass and drums power trio to emerge in front of us.
Right now my thoughts were ‘What song will they play next? Will they play that song? How would a certain song sound like after an Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid treatment?’. Such song I was anticipating was the song Black Sabbath. When it came time for them to play it, ‘Lucifer is coming’ was announced and the real sabbath had begun. Slow, heavy and extended, a solo halfway the heavier main riff was an idea Tony Iommi would never have conceived and it just works so well. They segued the song with a Cosmic Inferno original and then it was time for some more Sabbath!
Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid only went as further as ‘Vol.4’ for material to be presented on this Iberian tour and eventually they had to play Paranoid. Paranoid was deliered with such speed and frenzy that not even all the cocaine Ozzy took in the seventies could provide such an effect on the audience.
© Bruno Ferrari
Black Sabbath never had the cosmic awakening of acid to make their songs sound as stelar as this. At the same time, could Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid achieve such grooviness and concrete earthiness of a sixties Birmingham jazz/blues band gone heavy? This was one cosmic sabbath and all the universal demons came to life via these four Japanese shamans.
Report made by Carlos Ferreira/2013
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