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An Albatross Blessphemy (of the Peace-Beast Feastgiver and the Bear-Warp Kumite)

01. In Te Court Of The Bear King 02. Lysergically Yours, My Psychedelic Bride 03. Diminsional Gymnastics 04. Trust The Sun, The Symphonic Sunrise 05. Divine Birthrite (Maiden Voyage Of The Grape Ape) 06. Behold The Light 07. Profane Illumination 08. The Illumination Of The Nation 09. Tussin And Turnin' All Night 10. Hairobics 11. The Ballad Of The Electric Coyote 12. I Will Swim Into The Lazer Eye 13. Feastgiver 14. Cosmic Gypsy 15. Sacred Geometry 16. Death Rides A Brown Horse 17. Stormbringer 18. The Eyes Of The Jaguar
2006 Ace Fu Records
Our score 4

by Cory

I don't even know where to start talking about this band or their latest record. Supposedly this is An Albatross' take on "psychedelic rock," but to be honest, this would be just about the worst carnival of an acid trip I can possibly imagine. An awful lot of it sounds like Arthur Brown and Iron Butterfly playing on methamphetamines. Bits and pieces sound more like the Holy Molar or even the Locust. Any way you look at it, Blessphemy is an anomaly. The honeymoon is long over for bands of this variety and they all seem to have either grown up quickly to remain relevant or breaking up. In An Albatross' case, that transformation finds them hopping aboard the increasingly popular (but inevitably soon to be over) 70's rock bandwagon that they had previously only toyed with and the results are uneven at best. The first five and a half minutes sounds so similar, the five tracks could have been a single track. Despite their labeling as three parts of a whole, the following three tracks fall so far of encompassing a single idea that they shouldn't even be sequenced near one another. It just seems as if the band is grasping pretty weakly at this trend and fails to raise it above just being a gimmick. I can see tons of people telling their friends to give this record a listen for novelty value but I just can't see anyone listening to it for genuine enjoyment. As a fan of We Are The Lazer Viking, I was happy to see this arrive in my mailbox, but running nearly twenty minutes longer than either of the band's previous releases, Blessphemy has quickly worn out its welcome. It's too frantic and messy to work as a rock record and it's far too traditional to work as a noise record. I will give An Albatross credit for recognizing their need to adapt to the changing face of music and attempting to do so. There are moments where the group implements melody well and others where free jazz erupts from the clamor and genuinely do grab hold of the listener, but they're few and far between. For the most part, this record relies on a half-baked concept to carry the listen through twenty-six minutes of recycled organ lines, monotone shrieks and mediocre instrumentation. To the album's credit, it is mixed and engineered remarkably well. Perhaps it has a lot to do with just how deceptively simple An Albatross' music is, but it's still a notable high point on Blessphemy. Bottom Line: Die-hard fans of either the groups' previous efforts or the sound of a 70's organ will be the only ones that will really want to pick this one up. It potentially merits a download and listen from everyone else, but it's just not worth much of an investment of your time and resources. An Albatross fail to deliver at nearly every turn on Blessphemy.

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4949_ 8/8/2006 4:09:56 PM

pirst fost

mefuckyeah_ 8/8/2006 5:27:44 PM

saw these guys in concert not knowing who they were, i left during the first song

revspin_ 8/8/2006 5:58:50 PM

this band is pretty bad.

xtroyx_ 8/8/2006 9:10:00 PM

ah i enjoyed the live show. recorded material is mostly stupid, but live was alright times. haven't given this record a listen, but frmo the sounds of it, it isn't so good.

drewcifer_ 8/8/2006 9:16:10 PM

if you put spaces in the name, it becomes rear Bat Ross

CKK_ 8/8/2006 9:43:50 PM

not as good as the new eighteen visions

flair_ 8/8/2006 10:08:29 PM

hopefully this is just another one of corys shit reviews, i really dug eat lightning and lzr viking

hxcobd_ 8/8/2006 10:40:04 PM

This album and everything after I am the Lazer Viking f*cking suck ass. Lazer Viking is seriously cr00sh though. f*ck you for changing, An Albatross.

rick ta life_ 8/8/2006 10:55:05 PM

haterz be damned

Cop Killer Keith_ 8/9/2006 2:02:00 AM

not as god as th ne w 18 visons

CuntSnot_ 8/9/2006 2:04:13 AM

hope-crushingly bad noise... doesnt count as music

TheReapersSon_ 8/9/2006 4:33:39 AM

It's like they're trying to imitate the Mars Volta with their contrived album title and song titles. Completely unnecessary and ridiculous.

snails_ 8/9/2006 6:30:29 AM

anal bat ross

eh..._ 8/9/2006 11:10:25 AM

when it comes to trippy, psychedelic music blended with modern influences...i'll take dog fashion disco or bad acid trip. and let the shit-talking be unleashed.

mummifiedcircuitry_ 8/9/2006 6:36:13 PM

you have such a shitty taste in music. delete

Stormbringer_ 9/24/2007 4:23:49 PM

Hey short dicked metalheads, no worries. I WILL SWIM INTO THE LAZER EYE.

dirtydicks_ 6/28/2008 9:52:24 AM

Second Hand Lcoust Band Fer Shere, Trippy Album Though. They actually find an original sound here.