NIBIRU CAOSGON June 16th,2017
The overview said, quote:
"A stunning piece of ritual sludge made by psychedelic riffs and ancient tribal chanting-based vocals. "
Oh....you said the magic word. Riffs. Alright. Down the hole I go. If I'm not back in two hours, somebody send in a guitarist to lead me out like the pied piper.
"Caosgon" Originally released in 2013, now re-mastered with a bonus track. I'm not familiar with the band Nibiru, so this is a completely new experience for me. If I like it, I'll have to visit the original because I'm an information hog, and I do things like that. One thing is for sure. If the band pic at the bottom of the email I recieved is any indicator, these men could either scare the suspense loving hell out of me, have a really long and fascinating conversation about guitar rigs and the science behind them, or maybe the tie in between limbic system stimulation and bass heavy power chords.
Track list time, kids.
1)"Invokation I the Acid Skull" Oh I call upon the great gods of psychedelia and show my gratitude for this experience. You can just leave me on this boat floating through a great stone tunnel as the low pitched effects make my ears vibrate in the best way, and flashes of green break apart like waves in a pond to give way for silvery white bubbles in my face. Oh hell yeah! Music like this makes me really happy I have weird brain wiring. On to the more technical aspects, though, this track has that sort of low tone effect from the very beginning notes, that sits in the base of your skull and provides the foundation for some rich psychedelic guitar riffs. I don't mean the higher pitched stuff that most people think of when they hear the word "psychedilia". This is bottom heavy sludge beauty, dear readers. The chants that weave through about half way through are the icing on the cake.
2)"Smashanam, the Crematorium Ground of Kali" Those tribal chanting based vocals are a motif on track 2. Every nuance of this particular song proves it is well titled. Kali, is the Hindu goddess of destruction, among other things which I won't delve into, because this is a music website, not a treatise on world religions. That being said, it's easy to imagine flying over and through a great swath of flames and ash while this song plays. In point of fact, this song trades green and silver for ashy gray and black in my head. Picture flying through a gray storm cloud with just a touch of smog. It's just chaotic enough to keep you on edge and not let you settle into that heavy, stuck-to-the-ground-and-still-moving-forward-sensation that sludge often creates. There is just enough of a hiss coming from the cymbals to keep the ear from settling in too low as well.
3)"Aster Argos" Love the vocal effects! They make you want to bow in worship to some unseen riff god. Speaking of riffs, the ones here are heavy as a boulder with effects that make that wall of sound that I love so much. It takes me back to that visual of silvery white and feels very much like a night time summer wind in the face. Have I mentioned how much I love sludgy low guitar tones and how they sit on your chest and make your insides vibrate?
4)"Invokation IV Heru, Khentan, Maati" The drums are heavier on this track. The first thing that struck me was how the guitars are the foundation, and the drums and vocals build on top of them this time. It makes me wonder which came first, the riff or the beat. I think this is certainly the most ritualistic sounding track on the album, which is interesting because I feel like most people expect heavy tribal-esque drums as a motif when you say the word. I feel like I should be somewhere between pleasantly lost in a trippy stage lights show surrounded by bluish gray, and watching a warrior ceremony from just out of reach of the light cast by fire they dance around. Odd, I know, but there is some sense of being in two separate experiences going on at the same time as the sound washes around you.
5)"Umbra Venefica" If someone had not already quoted it, I would without a doubt say "stunning piece of ritual sludge". This is the type of song I think of when I hear the term sludge. The vocals and guitar effects are the psychedelic cherry on the top of my mind's eye basking in a warm brown shade. The drumming is a bit more punctuated. The accents pull you in at all the right times. Over all, more proof of the beauty of this album.
6)"Invokation III L.S.D." Well that title got my attention......I love how the vocals echo and float over the top of a beautiful wave of guitar distortion and a suprisingly driving tempo in the drums. I would advise not playing this particular track on the car stereo system because the song mercilessly pulls you into another dimension of sound. The most fascinating part of it, for me at least, is that there is always something going on that gets your attention. There is no real happy medium at work. Something always grabs your focus, and my mind is a swirl of color because of it. Oh and while I really don't know what inspired the title, I will tell you that this song is a strikingly accurate color and sensory portrayal of how an LSD trip feels, according to my former roomate's descriptions.
I agree 100% with calling this album stunning. One must have a taste for music that transcends the verse chorus verse verse chorus method, however. Now don't take that as an insult to that method of songwriting because it certainly is not. My favorite bands dabble in it. My point is, this is something much more artistic and flowing than what pervades the top 40 airwaves, at least in my country. It is a "stunning piece of ritual sludge". Whomever said that nailed it.
Now I must seek out the original. You should give the remaster a listen. Thank Argonauta Records for it when you do.
Do you remember how I said "down the hole I go" earlier? It's ok. You can leave me here for a bit. I think this album needs a replay.