The renowned Japanese Cosmic freak-out heavyweights return with a brand new album on Riot Season and tour this November marking ten years since their mothership first descended on the UK.
Now a steady four piece led by Kawabata Makoto (guitar) and including Tsuyama Atsushi (bass/vocals), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer/guitar) and Shimura Koji (drums). The collective recorded the album in the aftermath of the Japan disaster at their mountaintop retreat where the collective still reside.
With the exception of the album’s opener Chinese Flying Saucer and it’s unashamedly obvious musical references to Led Zeppelin II (hello 1969!) the rest of the album locks into a much more laid-back groove than on recent AMT releases. This dynamic shift is best displayed on the 22 minute jam, Shine On You Crazy Dynamite and also the album’s closer Electric Death Mantra. The band opt for less frantic explosions of electric guitar overload and fuzz, replacing those elements with a more epic, blissed-out and at times brooding Japanese psychedelia, with more emphasis on acoustic guitars, sitar, organ, synthesiser and at times, really trippy vocals (most prevalent on Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn), recalling the twisted psychedelics of early Pink Floyd. Yet still, their sound remains so expansive that it is easy to become totally immersed in this album.
Epic in proportions, cloaked in a cosmic haze and shimmering in a synth utopia. The Ripper At Heaven’s Gates Of Dark maintains AMT’s status as masters of out-of-this-world music and reveals their darker side of the moon.
Updated Tour Dates
4 November – Cambridge, The Portland
5 November – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
6 November – Nottingham, Bodega
7 November – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
8 November – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
9 November – Glasgow, Nice n Sleazy
10 November – Belfast, Auntie Annies
11 November – Dublin, Crawdaddy
12 November – Cork, Venue TBA
13 November – Cork, Venue TBA
14 November – Bridgend, Hobos
15 November – Bristol, Thekla
16 November – Oxford, Jericho
17 November – London, Corsica Studios
18 November – Brighton, Hectors House
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