The Australian psychedelic rock scene is making quite a comeback and one of the bands driving it is Sydney’s Comacozer. So it’s time to do what Timothy Leary famously said to do back in ’66.
They have just released their third album imaginatively titled Kalos Eidos Skopeo, or for the more unenlightened, ‘Kaleidoscope.’ Guitarist Rick Burke, bassist Rich Elliott and drummer Andrew Pana, ably supported by Frank Attard—who supplies the otherworldly sounds as well as producing the album—have created a musical piece of art that takes you both inside and outside yourself.
The opening track ‘Axis Mundi’ perfectly creates the ambience for the next 50 or so minutes. The fuzzy guitar and bass intro delivers you into the way-out-of-sphere with a magic carpet ride reminiscent of Sabbath’s classic ‘Planet Caravan.’ When the sound elevates, the music is so on point you’d be forgiven for thinking you were listening to the original Kyuss—it’s that bass driven and, dare I say it, groovy.
‘Nystagmus’ continues the psychedelic feel with an almost middle-eastern flavoured guitar solo, until boom! An almighty heavy doom riff reminds you what you’re listening to.
The album is unique in that it only has four tracks, reminiscent of the legendary Sleep’s one-track album in the ’90s. However unlike Sleep, these guys are serious about what they do, and it shows. The song ‘Hylonomus’ has sinister sounds driven by a bass that gives the listener the feeling it’s about to burst through a wall into another dimension but never quite gets there, eventually railing off into some smooth, other realm effects. Then the band bursts back in with speed and frantic effort, rocking the final few minutes of the epic song.
The final track ‘Enuma Elish’ though, is the sort of song you’d play loud to annoy your neighbours, with the speakers set firmly in their direction. A slow bass and guitar intro doesn’t warn of what happens around the 7:45 minute mark, which happens to be so much bass distortion that your teeth rattle. As heavy as the heaviest Sabbath and Kyuss combined, the drums, guitars, bass and groove visually take the listener right into where and what the boys are playing, head bobbing and foot tapping along.
Comacozer are eager to get some shows happening over in Europe so before we lose them, make sure you check them out, if not in concert, then certainly on this album. When you do, do what Leary said back in ’66: ‘turn on, tune in, drop out.’
Rating: 7 outta 10 devil horns.
Kalos Eidos Skopeo is out now.
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