Acid Mother Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Hotter Than Inferno- Live In Sapporo 2008 [Vivo Records - 2008]
Hot than Inferno captures AMT in their fired-up, mainly noisy and wonderfully chaotic live format were spacey keyboards whiz and buzz, guitarís singeing with multiple soloing and the rest of the band kick up a hell of a dust storm.
The 73 minute set was recorded live in their native Japan on 29 June 2008 at Counter Action, Sapporo. And it only features two tracks or long jams, first off we have the shorter of the pair Master Of The Cosmic Inferno ~ Heart Of Earth that comes in just over 26 minute mark and is basically an steaming, almost cosmically head-banging version of a track off their superb Journey Into The Cosmic Inferno album that came out a few months back. With the chanting vocals and 70ís cosmic rock/eastern riff heart of the track appearing ever so often before zooming off into jammed out spacey heaven. This to my ears is the better of the two tracks, as it never seems to lose you attention or momentum. Next & Lastly we have Pink Lady Lemonade ~ Including Doobie Wonder Land which comes in just shy of the 50 minute mark. It starts off with the live favourite Pink Lady Lemonade that opens up with melodic 60ís rock riff but seems a little too murky & garage band like for itís own good, but it soon starts to suck you into itís chaotic groove as Kawakawa Makoto kicks into to guitar soloing mode, the band going through a nice selection of slow downs then build ups. The track Doobie Wonder Land comes in towards the end run of the jam with itís chugging 70ís rock funk tinged groove and again it launchers into on- fire soloing work-outs by Kawakawa Makoto. And while both parts of this long form jam have some great moments, the track just feels too long for its own good, meaning that in places it really does start to drag and lose its fire and guts.
Certainly not a starter AMT experience, but for those like myself who have grown to like then love the AMT youíll find this mainly an invigorating, fiery and enjoyable live album- itís just a pity some of the fat couldnít have been chopped from the second track.Roger Batty