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cover art Acid Mothers Temple and The Cosmic Inferno
IAO Chant from the Cosmic Inferno
Ace Fu ACE 034 || 2005 || £10.64 USD  EUR  JPY  + p+p +tax

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A thunderous version of the mighty Om Riff - THE definitive cover.

The title says it all - truly from the Cosmic Inferno. Kawabata and the AMT tribe divide opinion wherever they go, boldly walking their unique visionary sonic path, and whether you think the result is glorious Japan-noise or irritating Japan-annoys, (perhaps even both at the same time?), every Gong fan needs to hear this somewhere, somehow, at least once.

The intensity of the first 20 minutes is unrelenting. It's like being sucked into a swirling black hole of that oh so famous Gong riff over layered with the powerful pure distilled essence of whatever 'space-rock' is - maximum strength. There is then a brief rest bite before they really go for it in a sea of guitar riffing, feedback, synthy swoops a mighty moving but nailed down rhythm section. Then it's back to the Monks and voices for round two of the Om Riff. It will take your head off. I can't think anyone could ever top this for a interpretation of that music. AMT's focus is intense and unswerving, quite a feat.

At a gig you know when the Om Riff really works, there seems to be a huge movement of air, a wind blows through you, like standing on top of a hill in a gale - well most of this CD is like that. The whole thing is dedicated to Pierre Moerlen. I think he would have approved

Tracks: [51'21]
  1. OM Riff from The Cosmic Inferno (C.O.I.T)
  • Tabata Mitsuru {bass, chant, maratab}
  • Higashi Hiroshi {electronics, dancin' king}
  • Shimura Koji {drums, latino cool}
  • Okano Futoshi {drums, god speed}
  • Kawabata Makoto {guitar, chant, hurdy gurdy, speed guru}