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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Parais - In Search Of The Lost Devine Arc [Important Records - 2013]

“In Search Of The Lost Devine Arc” finds AMT brewing up a more 1970’s rock themed release that simmers up influences like Led zeppelin, more galloping Hawkwind, garage rock, & heady flute weaved psychedelic rock drift , with the bands more  chaotic & distinctive brand of space rock.

I’ll have to admit I was a little wary of this release, after been so let down by the bands last Important Records release 2012’s  “Son Of A Bitches Brew”-which attempted to mix Mile Davis’s Electric period sound with their own sound, and sadly came out a messy & unfocused disappointment.  So it’s great to find the band back on good form with this new release, and  the album comes in both double vinyl & CD version(I’m reviewing the CD version)

In all the album  offers up six new tracks which run between the relative short( by ATM standards) three minute mark, up to the more epic nineteen minute & thirty second mark.  The album kicks in great urgent fashion with  fast & fixed 70’s rock riffing of “Space Speed Suicide”, which gives you just over five mintues worth of fist pumping  slightly jiving riff craft which is laced & swirled with Kawabata Makoto racing/ searing solo–work, and the swooping space synth’s of Higashi Hiroshi.


The second track “Born Free Stone Free” with it’s just under seventeen minute run-time, mellows the pace down  a little with a wondering & wavering psychedelic rock vibe. It finds slow, stumbling & hash smoked guitar/bass/ drums set-up, weaved with mumbled vocals, heady flute swirls, and space synth whirls & darts.

Track four “Babe, I'm Gonna Reave You” offers up just shy of three minutes worth of weird honking & descending horn-work, scrabbling guitar harmonics, brooding & wonkily  wavering 1980’s synth string scaping,and slow-mo space snthy trails.

The  album finishers off in truly epic fashion with the nineteen & a half minute title track that switchers between eastern  tinged rock majestic tripped with electric sitar playing, and  more pounding ‘n’ repetitive 70’s rock churn-both settings are lined with soaring space synth trails  & mystical chants ‘n’ chatters.


So “In Search Of The Lost Devine Arc” finds the AMT back in fine & spaced-out form mixing 70’s rock, with elements of garage & psychedelic rock. With more than the odd tips into more moody & tripped-out flute laced & stoned space rock  jams too.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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