Saturday, 21 January 2012
Review: Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gate Of Dark (Riot Season)
Acid Mothers Temple have always leant on and mixed up rock music’s heavyweights to provide influence and a starting point for their mammoth, sonically charged freak-outs. Previous albums have used and fused the likes Black Sabbath, Bowie and Frank Zappa, and here it’s Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd’s turn.
“Chinese Flying Saucer” truncates and subverts Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” riff for their obvious and brazen lead into an eruption of space age, echo heavy melt down. The uncharacteristically short (at just four minutes) “Chakra 24” incorporates dueling sitars to laid back, swirling, trippy effect. “Back Door Man of Ghost Rails” pits indecipherable (assumingly improvised) vocal chants – reminiscent of Syd Barrett’s early Floyd meanderings - against wild modulations and an ethnic and more acoustic backdrop.
Having taken an “Astronomy Domine” pointer, “Shine On You Crazy Dynamite” gradually explodes before taking an extended mysterious and insular interlude midway through before re-launching, fuzz heavy and skyward. “Electric Death Mantra” from its reserved beginnings gets a groove on before calling a close with an epic display of freak power play.