Music Reviews

Artist: Seven that Spells (@)
Title: Cosmoerotic Dialogue With Lucifer
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Seven that Spells is a band from Croatia that bills itself as "an international commune of psychedelic likeminds exploring the multifaceted cosmos of freak out music and naked women in high hopes of achieving Buddha’s blessing!" All I know is that after listening to the mellow Aritomo CD that Beta-lactam Ring included in the same package, this one was like shifting gears without a clutch – but in a good way. Imagine if Frank Zappa and Sun Ra had a love child that hung out with Nel Cline and Thurston Moore. That love child would play music that sounds a lot like Seven that Spells. The opening track, "Cosmoerotic Giveaway" opens the disc by unloading with both barrels. Although it may just sound like random noise from guitars, it is actually well crafted and has an internal structure that holds it together. "Stara Planina (slight return)" demonstrates that they are not just a bunch of guys who all want to play different guitar solos at once. The track opens with a metal riff that repeats until it dissolves into a peaceful soundscape, only to be destroyed by the noisy guitars once more. "Return Of The Captain Beefstake's Love Apparatus" sounds like a slowed down version of their previous tracks with some ethereal vocals that are almost drowned out by the feedback drenched guitars. "Space Of Eights" is the shortest track on the disc, weighing in at 2.16, and almost has a surf feel. The closest thing I can compare it to is the psychobilly sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat. This track is a lot of fun. "Cookies & Milk / Breakfast With Azrael" takes on a similar feel to "Stara Planina" mixing droning guitars with angelic voice that drones along with the guitar. There seem to be no words in particularthe voice is just another brick in the wall of noise. "Torture Vessel From The Triangle World" is another long track at 13.55, which begins with a completely different feel. It slowly builds, focusing on atmosphere rather than an all out assault, and progressively disintegrates into a boiling stew of feedback and noise but never really unloads. This track must have taken a lot of restraint after the previous tracks! This is for me the best track on the album. I think that this band would put on an absolutely kick ass live show and I would be surprised if all of the instruments made it out in one piece. You can find samples on both the label’s website and on the band’s website, and you certainly should check it out. If Motörhead is too slow and mellow for you, this is for you. And as far as the cover art is concerned, they weren’t kidding about the naked women. First edition of 600 comes in a full color custom made book bound CD case. This disc weighs in at 50 minutes.

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