Review: The Cosmic Dead – Self Titled (Who Can You Trust Records)

Posted: June 14, 2011 in Reviews
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The Cosmic Dead are four psychedelic warlords from Glasgow with a penchant for trippy, long-form grooves that summon the spirit of Komische legends such as Neu! and Can and the Space-Prog oscillations of Hawkwind, amongst other trance-inducing influences.  This results in an 80 minute long debut record, released on cassette, containing four slabs of epic, sonic heaven, complete with pulsating waves of drone, acid-soaked guitar fireworks, fleeting vocal glimpses and throbbing, motorik percussion — all underpinned by an earthy, low-end bass rumble, of course.

The best thing to do here is turn your stereo up full blast and go with the flow, allowing these colossal waves to wash over you.  ‘The Slow Death of the Infinite Godhead’ is the best track, impressing especially when the band hits (interstellar) overdrive, unleashing massive, tumbling ‘audio generator’ sounds that feel like they’re going to swallow you up. Opening gambit, ‘The Black Rabbit’, meanwhile, may seem indulgent given its near 20 minute lifespan but remains enjoyable throughout with its furious, liquid riffs complimenting the bass and synth drone, allowing the juggernaut drums to take centre stage around the instrumental meanderings.

‘Father Sky, Mother Earth’, at 40 minutes long, takes up the whole of Side B, starting sedately and mantra-like, before this young quartet erupt in an intense fashion, hammering home the notion that, like their live show, they’re at their best when they’ve got the pedal to the metal and the controls set for the heart of the sun.  Julian Cope would love these guys

‘The Cosmic Dead’ cassette can be obtained from Who Can You Trust Records limited to 150 copies, while a digital version is available at the bandcamp link below.

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