woensdag 23 november 2011

The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre

The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre
Ván – 2011
Rated: *****

A month ago when The Thousandfold Epicentre first touched my ears mastermind Selim Lemouchi immediately became a new hero despite his weird and somewhat disturbing rituals. It was also the second time I was glad that the band Powervice had exploded. (The first time was when Hooghwater graced my ears.) It’s death gave us so much more in the form of Vanderbuyst, the short-lived Hooghwater and Selim’s own The Devil’s Blood. And where Vanderbuyst delivers their new record In Dutch at the same time, which seeks out pure, simple and classic hardrock. The Devil’s Blood aims for the theatrical and occult. On The Thousandfold Epicentre we are dragged along an intense and long psychedelic hardrock journey. Less metal parts and more classic seventies and sixties influences. Singer Farida could easily have been plucked out of some dark version of Jefferson Airplane and she is a thousand times better than on their first album. More than seventy minutes we float along this insane piece of art. One which is filled to the rim with ghostly guitars, dream sequences and dark brooding atmospheres. A grand and enthralling sculpture; massive and adventurous in every detail. And the closing song Feverdance, which lasts fifteen minutes let’s you experience the entire record once again and enwraps you in total ecstasy. Magical!

1 opmerking:

  1. Yeah! Amazing record! Much better than the first. Now all they have to do is lose the bloody stage antics.