Black Rainbows - Holy Moon

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  • Black vinyl  $20
  • CD with 2 Bonus tracks  $10

Tracklisting:

Side A

  1. Holy Moon
  2. Monster of the Highway
  3. Chakra Temple

Side B

  1. The Hunter
  2. If I Was a Bird
  3. Black to Comm

CD ONLY BONUS TRACKS

  1. Viper Tongue (Bonus Track)
  2. Minor Monster Galaxy Message (Bonus Track)

 

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Label: Heavy Psych Sounds Records

Origin: Italy

You know what? There is psych, then there is heavy psych. There is the stuff that drones, there is the stuff that is lost in a LSD haze and then there is heavy psych. There is a band who play heavy psych and they are one of the best bands you will ever hear. That band is Black Rainbows and they play heavy fuckin' psych...the sort that literally blows your mind.

Alright, let's not get carried away. After all, we have been here before with MC5, Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, even Fuzz. The music is hardly original but that's not the point. When you have music this good, who cares whether it's original or not. This is music to get your head down to, this is rock and roll as Lemmy may say.

You know what? There is psych, then there is heavy psych. There is the stuff that drones, there is the stuff that is lost in a LSD haze and then there is heavy psych. There is a band who play heavy psych and they are one of the best bands you will ever hear. That band is Black Rainbows and they play heavy fuckin' psych...the sort that literally blows your mind.

Alright, let's not get carried away. After all, we have been here before with MC5, Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, even Fuzz. The music is hardly original but that's not the point. When you have music this good, who cares whether it's original or not. This is music to get your head down to, this is rock and roll as Lemmy may say.

So we have blast off with 'Holy Moon', which builds on a motorik Hawkwind riff with its disembodied voice sample filling us in on space launches and the like as the music careens ever so vastly towards the centre of the moon. Yes, the moon, we're not going to the sun here, we're heading to space.

'Monster of the Highway' brings us back down for some dirty rock and roll as the spirit of Blue Cheer is given a fine rebirth and we reach for our hoary old denims and leathers and rev up that Harley or Triumph. Biker music for acid takers, this is one hell of a ride. Just be careful with that acid though as 'Chakra Temple' is quite simply mindblowing without any drugs. A transcendent, undulating riff that never seems to end, it channels the oriental without ever falling into pastiche and displays a vibrant heartbeat to Black Rainbows' music. These are musicians with the confidence to try something like this and not fear anything.

'The Hunter' and 'If I Was A Bird' continue in this vein providing some fast relief before the epic closer 'Black To Comm'. Now, there are album endings and then there is this masterpiece. Its twelve minutes take in everything that has gone before from greasy biker rock, tripped out solos, krautrock, it's the 60's and 70's all rolled into a ball and spat right back at you. Its final edict is to leave you dancing alone by yourself as the impact refuses to wear off long after the song has ended. It is brilliant.

So yes, Black Rainbows are heavy psych and they are also absolutely brilliant. This album is a perfect slice of what they are all about and in a year which is throwing up surprise after surprise, they may just take the trophy at the end. This is an album you will have on repeat for a long time coming and you will still not tire of it. If you like psych and rock and roll then this album is pretty much perfect. Enjoy and spread the word. - Martyn Coppack

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