I have been aware of this Japanese band, and I realize they have a giant back catalog stretching for ten years, and that they explored many different styles.
I bought Iao Chant from the Cosmic Inferno because the cover is a spoof of Gong's Camembert Electrique, then I discovered it was in honor of Pierre Moerlen, who just passed away when they made this CD. Not familiar with their other stuff (yet), I am unable to compare this to their other albums. But on this CD, there's no mistaking the strong Gong and Ozric Tentacles feel throughout. I guess that's little surprise when this is essentially a 50 minute version of Gong's "Master Builder" (which appeared on their wonderful album You). They have all the spaciness of Gong with very wild guitar playing from Kawabata Makoto that would even give Ozrics' Ed Wynne a run for his money! It's even hard to believe, but the intensity even rivals that of the Ozrics! There is no singing, unlike the Gong original, but there is some chanting, first in that more trippy Buddhist style, then the familiar Iao za ee zao ma ee mao ta ee tao now that you remember from "Master Builder", but then the band has their own tricks up their sleeves, including a wonderful mellow passage complete with glissando guitar before the band starts picking up. And even during the more repetitive moments, there's this intense and hypnotic effect going on throughout. I really think this band did Gong justice. They have a wild guitar player, Higashi Hiroshi gives us some really nice synth bubbles not unlike Tim Blake, and if they were to spoof one of their album covers, then make sure the music is every bit as good as Gong, if not better. Truly a wild, space rock album that every Gong and Ozric fan should have.