And that means, with all its bad ideas, absurdity and wonder, Their Satanic Majesties Request may capture the ideals of the psychedelic better than Sgt. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open share drawer. But despite this very long running time, Majestic succeeds to keep my attention, due to the many strong musical ideas and surprising twists and turns.
After a spacey intro with subtle guitar work, a pleasant female voice joins, followed by a build-up to compelling and bombastic prog with emotional vocals and fiery wah-wah guitar. Then lots of shifting moods, breaks and great dynamics: prog metal, a slow rhythm with organ and slow drum beats, a hypnotizing guitar solo with fiery runs, a dreamy part with classical guitar, a blistering guitar solo with wah-wah, a compelling bombastic atmosphere delivering organ, vocals and a propulsive rhythm-section and finally a beautiful part with a moving guitar solo, accompanied by sequencers, very original!
If you like harder-edged symphonic rock, Heavy Prog, prog metal or gothic rock, I am sure this album will delight you! Review by tszirmay Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. Soft, hard, soft structured instrumental that gets the juices flowing. The mood really takes off on the bruising "The River", a 10 minute ride into outer space, shuffling guitars clang along unbridled, Chris Hodges crooning passionately, with a Hamel guitar riff that will make you flex your muscles.
Subtle little shift then swerves this in an another direction, a sweet tone and liquid guitar leading the way, entirely riveting as Hodges looks beyond the stars , looking for answers. Lush choir synths maintain the splendiferous urgency as the fluid pace gets progressively heftier and more penetrating.
Hamel manhandles his fret board, doing unthinkable thinks along its neck, strangling wild notes as they expel from the smoking amplifiers. Things get rabid, angry and insane rather rapidly, we are in space truckin' after all.
The vibrant "Incandescence" is where things really heat up, the lava spurts becoming sulfurous and yet shrouded in eloquent cosmic beauty. Jaunty shreds of guitar slashes, pooling electric piano and slithering synths introduce Cagle's higher pitched rant, a phenomenal voice not too far from Foreigner's Lou Gramm.
Hamel flings a monster guitar solo that hisses like some cosmic cat gone AWOL, with tons of effects, whirls and twirls amid the softer dream sections, celestial splendour with Cagle seizing the microphone and hitting all the high notes. Swirling sequencer-led electronics shove this craft into the twilight zone.
Very nice indeed. The mood is definitely cosmic space rock, a modern rock adventure that reaches for the distant stars and serves as perfect escapist music but with balls.
Great tune. Things get technical and hectic on the warp-speed propulsed "The Journey Back", a chance for Kosacek to show off some serious bashing while Hamel unleashes a barrage of gritty sound that has a slight Deep Purple feel.
This is an instrumental platform that permits the two musicians to show off their rather considerable chops as well as scouting out new sounds the grunting guitar is quite impressive, Jeff , with layered flying synth carpets gliding the rhythm along, spiriting forward, boldly.
The sweet "Welcome Home" is too damn short, I really admire Jessica's vocals but each second is precious enough.
Acoustic guitar, piano, drum beat and Rasche's voice are all just sublime. I would have loved to see this one a bit more extended with denser arrangements and a longer solo.
The longest piece is "Convergence", a nearly 12 minute affair, built like a solar-fueled ballad that goes in all kinds of nebulous quadrants, then slings past whooshing asteroids, skirting the odd space debris , getting metalloid when approaching a moon and scouring the dark space ahead.
Sing This All Together. In Another Land. Bill Wyman. She's a Rainbow. The Lantern. On with the Show. The Rolling Stones.
Your friendly neighborhood Megatones are performing at a new venue next Friday, April 18th - the Sonoma Chicken Coop on Skyport Drive in San Jose - casual cuisine, made from scratch, followed by dancin' and carryin' on. The Megatones are jazzed to announce that the incomparable Mike Sult will be joining the band this Saturday night, April 5th, for a special, one-time show at Number One Broadway. Come out and dance! Santa Cruz this weekend: 75 degrees and sunny!
Tiki returns so join us for some fun in the sun this Saturday, March 15th, followed by dinner and dancing with the crew!! Enjoy a most excellent night out on the town, dancing to the Megatones at Number One Broadway this Saturday night, February 15th! The weather outside is frightful, but the groove is so delightful! After all the fun with the family - now its Saturday night and its time to party!! Come out and dance, come out and dance. Music at - see you there!
Grab your bongos and join us! Beautiful September on the coast. Enjoy indian Summer during the best time of the year on the coast - dinner and dancing with the Megatones at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Saturday night, September 28th. Come down to Saint James gate and dance with your friendly neighborhood 'Tones this Saturday, August 24th. We will be having some special guests join us on stage - big fun! Megs have the sure cure for the summertime blues!
Dancin', singin', groovin', jammin' Also, we are the Sunday headliners at the awesome Menlo Park Connoisseurs' Marketplace, and will be playing 4 to 6 at the Fremont Park stage. Its in Fremont Park in downtown and the music is free!! Music , summer weather beautiful. After a bevy of private events, your friendly neighborhood Megatones are so happy to kick back and rock out at Saint James Gate this Saturday, June 15th.
We will cut loose and so should you! Hi Gang! Join us to bring in the great summer time feeling this Saturday night, May 18th, at Number One Broadway. Come join us at Saint James Gate as we celebrate our founding fathers with some brews, crews and rock music this Saturday night, May 4th.
Come party with us in downtown Los Gatos. Annette really knows what she's talking about - A gorgeous weekend in store at the coast, with your friendly neighborhood Tones playing on the beach at the Crow's Nest on Saturday night, March 23rd.
Pirate Arrrrrr Arrrrr - me trusty crab feed. And now for one of the best gigs of the year - or should we say full-filling?
Hi gang - after the boyz take their traditional January break, we return to action with a gig at one of our favorite haunts, Number One Broadway. Music at !! Meet the new 'Tone! I'd like to introduce the latest member of your friendly neighborhood Megatones, Jason Moss!
Come out and give Jason a big welcome! This club sits atop the Intercontinental Hotel, Nob Hill. An all-inclusive package including the best views of the city, gourmet dinner, drinks, champagne, and dancing to your 'Tones. Be there!!! This Saturday, Nov 10th, the Megatones will be appearing at everyone's favorite club, the Saint James Gate in beautiful downtown Belmont.
Last chance to dance with the band at this party place for Come on down and enjoy a great venue with awesome food and plenty of room for dancing! This has classic stamped all over it. Merzbow playing his EMS synthi 'A', home made instruments and effects, Giffoni on custom synths and analog filters and Jim on synth and microphone. For Merzbow a rare thing to go back to his analogue days and a rare gig for O'Rourke who now concentrates on making films in Japan.
How much more historical can it get? Nothing for faint hearted. An hour blast, but one that goes through various stages, moods and textures. Piercing music. Industrial music as it should be and as such nothing new under the sun but even in this old sun it's nice and warm. Maybe he also did the music?
Let's say it was. Much of what I had to say about last week's dance related releases can also be said here. Acid techno music is best served on vinyl for optimum play back in front of a large audience dancing their socks off. Here fifteen tracks, ranging from say to bpm are nice and entertaining especially if you do something around the house, like doing the dishes or vacuum cleaning.
Otherwise it's a bit hard to see this as a release to be played while listening carefully. It's music with a purpose, dancing, and as such a bit difficult on the CD format. FdW Address: none given. Can't say I'm expert on the music of The Skull Defekts, but it seems to me that this album is a major step forward. The previous see also the review in Vital Weekly was quite a force de noise, but here the three are in an electronic land.
All of three of them are known to be playing a variety of synthesizers of the analogue variety. And whereas it's less noise oriented as the previous one it's still sound that goes straight in your brain. Built around piercing sounds humming from the analogue synths, sometimes coming in small repeating blocks and sometimes like motors droning in the back.
Quite minimal but with enough changes to ensure full satisfaction. The neo-noise movement however didn't miss me, but to be very honest, I think it's pretty much old wine in new bottles. Badly recorded, worn out ideas. A couple of cassette players, a turntable or two and some effect pedals. Due to some conceptual thingy all tracks last 3.
The recording quality isn't as bad as some others do in this genre, but the music itself sounds pretty outdated. Take a cassette from Odal from and you pretty much get the same, but with the beloved hiss.
Probably I am alone in the desert with this opinion but perhaps I am just an old man. I think I would have preferred some more information about NJD, which has something to do with Feine Trinkers, who one day teamed up with 'one half' of Troum to play a concert in Braunschweig. When this was, we don't know. That is of course not of real importance either. What is important is that the music is very nice.
From all things dark, drone and magickal, Troum are our personal heroes.
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