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High Mountain Tempel - A screaming comes across the sky [lotus house records - 2008]

High Mountain Tempel make swirling, psychedelic, spacey, dread filled and dark ritual chocked soundscapes with a mix of guitar, theremin, vocal effects, effects peddles and ltd percussive matter. A screaming comes across the sky is the projects  first release.

So it all sounds rather promising from the above description? Well through there are some effective, tripped-out and at times quite freaky moments on offer through out the albums running time, sadly it’s often marred by truly awful muffled/unbalanced production and amateurish messing around with the stereo channels which at times gets very crating indeed. High Mountain Tempel  who are Eric Nielsen and Keith Boyd who both clearly have some good ideas in their heads, but over and over it’s let down by the execution of their ideas and their clearly very rudimentary understanding of recording. A track will start off highly effective, atmospheric and freaky but then will be ruined by ham fisted sloppy playing, or a misplaced sample, or it will be muffled by bad production. The only tracks that total seem to skip these downfalls are the fully sample and chant based ones.

I really tried to like this as I can clearly hear these two have some great ideas and there are real moments of promise here, but sadly more often then not it’s let down by either production or execution leaving most of this as an unlistenable mess

Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5

Roger Batty
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