Sunday, 2 April 2017

THE COSMIC DEAD - PSYCH IS DEAD (Riot Season LP, CD).

The Cosmic Dead are back with a new album…………………and resistance is futile. Released on the Black Country’s finest, Riot Season Records, there is a relentless inevitability about the sixth full length album from the band, the glowing embers of a a few days spent recording in a sweaty Sardinian kitchen overlooking the Mediterranean Sea……………….Psych Is Dead is an aural exploration of time and space that annihilates everything in it’s path leaving blown minds and eardrums in it’s wake. Swathed in a narcotic haze, switching between the darkly atmospheric and churning waves of noise, The Cosmic Dead take heavy Stoner/Space Rock to the next level.

Psych Is Dead is a monumental, somnambulistic wave of sound that burrows into the unconscious mind as the three tracks on album symbiotically unfold into a near continuous piece of music over two sides of vinyl. Dense and intense, the epic ‘Nuraghe’ sets the controls for the heart of a black hole and this journey continues with the tripped out title track where Psych Rock squall is underpinned by thunderous drumming. The album closes with the darkly psychedelic ‘#FW’ which builds and builds until collapsing under its own weight into a mess of glorious noise. It’s a record that has been described by Riot Season head honcho Andy Smith as “ making me feel like i’m half mashed trying to get out of a bath full of molasses, and i mean that in a good way” and that ain’t that far off the mark. It’s different…………The Cosmic Dead have side-stepped the usual Stoner/Space Rock approach of sub-Sabbath riffing and Krautrock grooves and gone for something more measured and cerebral in their aural explorations of time and space. Make sure you check this one out.

Due for release on 24/04/2017, the album will be coming out on CD (500 copies) and two vinyl editions. The main vinyl release will be a white vinyl edition limited to 700 copies for the world. Along with that will be a mail order only edition of 300 copies pressed on swanky silver vinyl………….unfortunately, these silver copies all sold out on pre-order in 24 hours via the labels website, however you can still pre-order the white vinyl edition and CD here http://riotseason.bigcartel.com/ with pre-order copies also available from the Riot Season Bandcamp page here……………………


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