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Cult of Dom Keller – The Second Bardo (2014) review

March 11, 2014

Cult of Dom Keller – The Second Bardo (2014) review

Cult of Dom Keller “The Second Bardo” (Cardinal Fuzz,
2014)
                Ultra-heavy
burning psych on delirious bi-colour swirling vinyl from the Nottingham
psychonauts picks up where their debut left off and pumps up the volume and
lysergic juices even higher. Comparisons to Haunted Leather, The Warlocks, and
the Spacemen 3 offshoots (Spiritualized/Spectrum/Darkside/Alpha Stone) are
(critically) justified and (sonically) accurate, but the Doms add a darker, Joy
Division element that may expand their fan base beyond the
jeans-and-biker-jackets crowd.
                “The
Snake Keeps Changing” ups the fuzz ante for an amphetamine rush of epic,
headbanging proportions, while tracks like “Dead Seas” are a sludgy Stooges
bath in molasses and the “Into The Sky Volcano/Beyond Burning Skies” medley
harkens back to the good old days of being fucked out of your skull on ‘ludes
listening to Loop cranked up to 12! I also liked “Heavy & Dead”, which
sounds like Jim Morrison pounding on the gates of hell intent on kicking ass
and taking names, and the rather gloomy doom metal crunch of “Godshaker”, which
delivers some ferocious soloing (guitar and organ) that fleshes out their sound
quite nicely. To top it off, the title track is like being strapped onto the
back of Lemmy’s motorcycle (naked) racing through the back roads of Nottinghamshire
at 200 km/h…with the lights off! A few “Whoa!”s and “Holy Shit!”s are likely to
escape your lips.
                Highly
recommended to those who like their psych loud and nasty. Catch them at
Roadburn next month if you can.
Review made by Jeff Penczak/2014
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