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Weird Owl : Build Your Beast A Fire

It's hard to pick any highlights in Weird Owl's first effort as the entire album IS a highlight.

Weird Owl come from Brooklyn and this is their second album. They don’t play Doom Metal or metal in general and you can’t describe them as a stoner band either as they have a different sound and influences. Their vibes are based on late ‘60s British psychedelia and early ‘70s americana, with minor elements from space and prog bands of the time.

From the first notes of “No Time Nor No Space”, you immediately understand that for the band names like America, Crosby, Stills & Nash and especially The Eagles are not just relics from a mescaline fueled era. I don’t know how many people like groups like those I mentioned, but if you do, you are going to love “Mirrors In The Mud” that builds on the rhythm of “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles. Another highlight is “Parallax Eyes” with its Zeppelinesque interpretation of blues themes. The second half of the album deviates from the classic American sound and it starts to incorporate elements from psych, prog and space bands that were at the time dominating the British scene. From “Saucer Shaped Shadow” until the end of “Space Bolero”, it’s like the band has discovered some lost Syd Barret compositions... every fan of Anathema’s Floydian period will love these songs.

Did I like it? No, I loved it. Check them out by visiting their MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/weirdowl) or their label’s website (http://www.teepeerecords.com). Younger listeners might find this as an opportunity to search the music from the ‘60s and the ‘70s. I can only suggest to watch the documentaries “Under The Covers” (about albums artwork) and the BBC’s “Blues Britannia” and “Prog Rock Britannia”.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. No Time Nor No Space
2. Up From The Root
3. Stral Proj
4. Tiny Sleeping Animals
5. Mirrors In The Mud
6. Parallax Eyes
7. Build Your Beast A Fire II
8. Saucer-Shaped Shadow
9. Skin The Dawn
10. Two Headed Brother
11. Horn Antler Tusk
12. Mountains On Top Of Buried Stars
13. Space Bolero
14. What You See, What We Know
15. Build Your Beast A Fire I

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

Visit the Weird Owl bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-03-01 by Dimitris Plastiras
Thermal Mass
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