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Dead Sea Apes – High Evolutionary (2014) review

November 12, 2014

Dead Sea Apes – High Evolutionary (2014) review

Dead Sea Apes “High Evolutionary” (Cardinal Fuzz Records, 2014)
DSA’s sophomore effort opens in the expanse of deep space as
ominous electric buzzing fades into the room like a slow-motion trawl through
the outer regions of the galaxy. Eventually, a tribal drum pounds into the
scene, accompanied by guitar scrapings and eerie, Sabbathian bass droppings.
‘Threads’ has caught our attention as we wonder where these kraut-influenced
spaced cadets are taking us. While the track never really does go anywhere,
it’s a long strange trip that suggests the journey is more important than the
destination.
               The
unsettling trip continues on ‘Planetarium’, with more wah-wah guitar fx, spacey
ambience, and a dreaded sense of anticipation as the monstrous guitars soar
around you, building to a magnificent crescendo. A brief untitled interlude
only adds to the puzzlement, but as they say, in space, no one can hear you
scream, so we’re on our own to contend with guitarist Brett Savage’s Neil
Young-styled fuzzy solo which is at the heart of ‘Turpentine’.
               The
relatively restrained ‘Alejandro’ might actually be called “a pretty
guitar-based pop song’ as it leads up to the final 16-minute onslaught of
‘Regolith’, as monolithic a mindfuck as you’re likely to encounter for some
time that literally explodes out of your speakers and leaves you panting for
more…. And more you shall have in the form of a revisit to ‘Wolf of the Bees’
(helpfully entitled ‘Wolf II’).
               Put this
one in your pipe and smoke it and enjoy that ‘Evolutionary High’!
Review made by Jeff Penczak/2014
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