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Queen Elephantine : Alunah/Queen Elephantine (Split Single)

Twelve minutes of oldschool groove and psychedelia, made by bands that are still young.

Seldom do I find splits where the split-mates are matched as well as on this one. Firstly, both bands are clearly talented and pretty much equally so. Secondly, their styles are remarkably similar despite that their music has souls of their own. It is for these two reasons I conclude that anyone who enjoys one of the bands will in all likelihood enjoy the other as well.

Alunah's solar ode (and following jam) is a lively groove where Black Sabbath and the 70's Psychedelic scene, feature strongly. It has an oldschool feeling which is betrayed only by the richness of the guitar sound, otherwise this track could have fooled most people into believing this track to be approximately forty years old. In other words, this is clearly a band to keep an eye on if one is looking for a carrier of that man's age-old banner.

Queen Elephantine present a slower groove which others correctly (according to me) have described as meditative. Like the A-side, 'Mephistopheles' carries a banner aged around forty. But rather than coming from a Proto-doom origin, it comes from the Psychedelic genre of drone-like hypnotic riffage called Krautrock. Slow that genre down to an appropriate pace for a Doom metal track, then add some lead and LSD and I would claim the track is appropriately described.

What this split shows is that there are still those who long back to that psychedelic age of the 70's. Moreover, it shows that the age is not truly dead despite being buried beneath decades of musical development. Finally, this split proves that those who long back to that era can still find a morsel of it, a morsel so fittingly released on beloved vinyl.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Song of the Sun / Jam

Queen Elephantine:
2. Mephistopheles

Visit the Alunah bandpage.

Duration : Approx. 12 minutes

Visit the Queen Elephantine bandpage.

Reviewed on 2015-04-05 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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