La Ira de Dios - Empirea (IMPORT) (CD)
Six previously unreleased tracks recorded between 2002 to 2005 from heavy Peruvian power trio La Ira de Dios whose name translates as "The Wrath of God". New songs, one a cover version of a track by Los Saicos (Peruvian garage band from 1965), plus three alternate versions of songs from the bands previous album "Hacia el Sol Rojo". A mix of songs which range from space rock to doom rock capped by the long, hypnotic title track. Includes a raw 8 minutes of video footage of the band playing the unreleased song, "Quemando" in 2005.
Lamp of the Universe - Acid Mantra (IMPORT) (CD)
The blending of acoustic and electric guitars, mellotrons, drones, the subcontinental instrumentation, banjo and Williamson’s wispy vocals as presented on Acid Mantra means that the shroom-worship has taken on new dimensions previously unknown to Lamp of the Universe. This strain of exploration, at least as in regards to this album, is rich-sounding and all the various moods and styles play off each other to create an encompassing experience for the listener. If Williamson is out to further his own creative reaches, then it’s a mission I’m ready to support any way I can. For anyone new to the band, this is the place to start.
Lamp of the Universe (aka Craig Williamson) creates an early 70's styled psychedelic eastern hippy acid folk music for the body mind and spirit. 2009 sees Lamp of the Universe in its 10th year, begining in 1999, and Acid Mantra is his 7th album overall. This will please anyone familar with his early albums "The Cosmic Union" or "Echo in Light", having for the most part a similar feel to those albums but with musical 'hints' or reminders from later albums such as "Heru", It's all here brothers and sisters. Interestingly it's the most 'song oriented' album since "Earth, Spirit & Sky" and probably the most diverse since the aforementioned "Echo In Light". Accoustic guitars, sitars, beauitful fragile vocals, fuzz guitar, mellotron and a whole range of exotic instruments blend together to create a cosmic atmosphere of the highest order!
Lamp of the Universe - From the Mystic Rays of Astrological Light (IMPORT) (CD)
Featuring four long instrumentals, this album is the perfect follow-up to previous album Heru, an album that was soaked in a lysergic eastern vibe making for some excellent late-night meditations. On this release the raga-esque feel is replaced by deep inner space drones, tempered by the swirl of analogue synths, echoed percussion and chanted voices that add warmth to the sound. On this album Craig Williamson may have created his masterpiece, the album exploring the ancient search for hidden meaning, trying to find our rightful place in the universe. This is cosmic music of the highest order and needs concentrated listening before all its secrets are revealed.
Lamp of the Universe - Heru (IMPORT) (CD)
Opening with the eastern drone of the sitar, this is a beautiful and mesmerising album filled with gentle and drifting music that relaxes and energises the listener simultaneously. Split into seven sections, that gently merge together, the album is an hour long trip into a state of bliss sounding like a long lost kraut rock dream sequence, or some of the finer moments from Quintessence. After the sublime opening drone, the music is filled out with softly pulsing tabla and bird-like synthesisers, which add a hypnotic tinge to the piece, something that is reinforced as more and more layers of sound are introduced until everything else becomes irrelevant, the drones shaping time itself.
Heru is the follow up to Echo In Light, itself a fine album, on which you can hear the seeds of Heru being sown. As the album moves forward, the guitar takes over leading us through the landscape with some exquisite playing that complements the atmospheric backdrop perfectly, and is as relaxing as it is emotional, creating some truly psychedelic music that is essential headphone listening. In these stress filled times, this album offers sanctuary, a place to hide when life is too much.
One man sonic universe, Craig Williamson employs: electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, tablas, choir-like layers of voice, sitar, bowed guitar & sitar, tamboura, tapes, rain pipe, effects, and keyboards to weave the single piece that is Heru. Though it is discreetly divided into seven tracks (Heru parts 1-7) , they all flow into one another so as not to interupt the dream or the dreamer.
Lamp of the Universe - The Cosmic Union (IMPORT) (CD)
Lamp Of The Universe is a solo project from Datura bassist and vocalist Craig Williamson. What a surprise! For those of you who don't know them, Datura are a heavy stoner rock band, while Lamp Of The Universe is a gorgeously lulling cosmic trip into a paisley colored psychedelic land of celestial ragas from Williamson's guitars, sitar, synths, and tablas. We're talking track titles like "Lotus of a Thousand Petals" and "Tantra Asana". Believe me, these describe the music on The Cosmic Union perfectly.
HIGHLY recommended to fans of deep space flower power psychedelia.
Probably the best album I've heard in recent times is Lamp Of The Universe's The Cosmic Union. Unlike many others who go for heavy one chord jamming, Craig Williamson has chosen a different path. The music is lush and light, with sitars, occasional fuzz, tablas and organ, but the music has an emotional weight which makes it rich and textured. There's always something more to The Cosmic Union, always another door to open. The music is free, not unlike S.T. Mikael's best moments. It's loving and simply brilliant music!
Lamp of the Universe - The Inner Light of Revelation (IMPORT) (CD)
Lamp Of The Universe is Craig Williamson from New Zealand, playing an esoteric form of ritual-like psych folk, eastern trance and acid rock for the body mind and spirit. On LP, his album 'Inner Light Of Revel' features eight songs that are timeless and mystical in feel. Acoustic and electric guitars, sitar, mellotron and blissed out vocals weave in and out of each song, trance-like and taking the listener on another great journey.
Last Supper, The - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)
There's no reason why the pro-Christianity angle of “Golgotha,” the lead track on The Last Supper's self titled debut, should catch anyone off guard. After all, acts like Trouble and Place of Skulls have proven you can play doom and not resort to the usual topics of war, death, and destruction. The latter's a good reference point, because this German traditional doom band is cut from the same cloth. The album's 13 songs are a collection of mid-tempo, doomy grooves that are coated in a fog of melancholy. Check out The Last Supper if you're looking to beef up your traditional doom collection. It's done with reverence, and it's done well.
I absolutely love the use of the organ. It really adds a lot of weight to the riffs (being that most of the album is mid-paced), but at the same time it's not prominent enough to totally dominate the album. It has everything...big intro riff into heavy jamming followed by some organ freakout to end it. If you are a fan of traditional doom pick this up. It's very old school, yet it has its own distinct sound.
Last Supper, The - Workingman's Doom (IMPORT) (CD)
Acts like Trouble and Place of Skulls have proven you can play doom and not resort to the usual topics of war, death, and destruction. The latter's a good reference point, because this German traditional doom band is cut from the same cloth. Check out The Last Supper if you're looking to beef up your traditional doom collection. It's done with reverence, and it's done well.
Lazerwolfs - La Bruja (CD)
Surly bar rock, gussied up with a couple of riffs that wouldn't be out of place on any early AC/DC album. A punchier, growly take on the Thin Lizzy formula shows how tight this three piece can be. Compared to their previous albums, La Bruja's the best one yet. The production isn't as dry and the band's energy really comes through.
Lazerwolfs are a powerful outfit who care absolutely nothing about what's hot at the moment. They're so totally immersed in the heftiest sounds of the 70/80's that seeing them live is a little like entering a '70s timewarp, where you know, gas is cheap, beer gets opened with a pop-top and dudes who look like Cliff Burton are everywhere. As a Missoulian, it's nice to have a band around that is totally a pro metal outfit, with the chops, volume and thud to prove it. LAZERWOLFS!
Their latest CD, “La Bruja” (Spanish for “The Witch”), is a 10-track homage to the halcyon days of hard rock, stemming directly from the band’s rock-metal-funk influences like Guns and Roses, the Black Crowes, Black Sabbath and yeah, Zeppelin. The mix of influences is apparent throughout the album, 10 surprisingly short but hard-rocking songs with drug references, political sideswipes and paganism that stretch La Tray’s vocal chords and test Rolle’s guitar chops throughout.