Album Review

Seven That Spells – “Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: AUM, The” – [Beta-Lactam Ring Records]

Laethaka   2/7/2012   A Library, CD

Seven That Spells returns with another (slightly less) prurient psych rock album outta Croatia. At the heart of this star system (DRK-AUM ’11) is a blazing solar drum furnace, around which orbit a few guitars that pass through (mostly) regular rhythms, and around which them (the planets) wax and wane various cryptic moons of vocal howl and appeal.

DRK-AUM ’11 is roughly symmetrical. #1 opens with a Satan-Satan-Satan chant and builds into some heavier riffs that flow into a totally mindblowingly excellent #2, then collapse into a dreamy, almost droning #3. This then bounces back into a rhythmic, driven, almost heavy metal #4 that flies off into a very similar (little slower) riff as #1’s before closing with the exact same Satan-Satan-Satan chant for #5. If you loved Men From Dystopia, you’ll love #2. In any case you’ll probably love everything.

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