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Iao Chant From The Cosmic Infe [Import]

Acid Mothers Temple and the Co Audio CD
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Holy cow! This has to be one of the best Acid Mothers Temple releases I've ever heard, and that's saying something. 'IAO Chant' is AMT's homage / tribute to the late drummer of Gong, Pierre Morlen: 1952-2005. Don't assume just because you get one track here, "OM Riff From The Cosmic Inferno" (51:25) that this CD in any way will let you down. Because it most certainly will not. This lengthy piece is simply SO pure psychedelic, it makes my brain hurt. So relieved the guys didn't merely repeat that classic "OM Riff" over and over. As it turns out, the epic develops some creatively superb shapes, sound passages and segments. You'll see what I mean. Highly recommended, plus a true keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars aauummm Nov. 11 2005
By Warren W. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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If any band deserves the mantle of most uncompromising psychedelic band, I can't think of anyone that comes close to these guys. This is actually a cover of Gong's 'Master Builder' from their masterpiece 'You' album, done as a memorial to Pierre Moerlin recently passed away, the great Gong percussionist. This whole cd encompasses that one song given the overwhelming AMT treatment but actually going through a series of changes and developments making it one of the most compelling works this band has done. About mid-way through begins a plateau of sonic, trance-inducing complexity that is shere ecstacy, lasting for over ten minutes; and then following a return to the chorus/chant resumes the pulverizing sonic improvisation that turns the air into liquid and deconstructs reality as we know it. I was lucky enough to catch these guys performing and they closed the show with this set and I believe Kawabata Makoto truely made innanimate objects bleed with torture; one of the most devastating performances I have ever seen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burning snow? Is that what they're chanting? March 27 2006
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, the repeated riffs and the vocal tag--burning in snow, is sounds like to me--make this a pleasure to hear. It's not as thickly recorded a sound as their other releases as the Cosmic Inferno, and I was happily surprised to hear how well it works as an extended musical effort. It ebbs and flows as you'd expect, but never settles into one groove for too long. Pre-75 Hawkwind comparisons are in order, but also the hints of Eastern music that chime in the more rarified hints behind the giant hooks--as in the closing seconds of this album. I don't bestow five stars very often for even my favorite music, but I must bow to these Japanese incarnations of mantra madness and admit their mastery of making one song flow so eloquently, so powerfully, and so enjoyably. Don't let their appearance, their comparative obscurity (they deserve far greater exposure and acclaim) or their relentless devotion to towering sonic constructions dissuade you: at their core, as shown with affection here, AMT + CI remember the sheer rush that good music grants us lucky all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 'IAO Chant From The Cosmic Inferno' (Ace Fu Records) April 4 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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Holy cow! This has got to be one of the better Acid Mothers Temple releases I've ever heard, and that's saying something. 'IAO Chant From The Cosmic Chant' is AMT's homage / tribute to the late drummer of Gong, Pierre Moerlen; 1952-2005. Don't assume just because you get one track here, just one track - "OM Riff From The Cosmic Inferno" (51:25) that this CD is in any way a let down. Because it most certainly is not. This lengthy piece is simply SO purely psychedelic, it makes my brain hurt. So glad the guys didn't merely repeat that classic "OM Riff" over and over. As it turns out, the epic develops into SOME creatively superb shapes, sound passages and segments. You'll see what I mean. Highly recommended + a true keeper.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blazing guitar and psychedelic noise Dec 12 2005
By Geoffrey R. Balme - Published on Amazon.com
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it's all one track - one big track -

wonderful fun.

listening to these guys is like understanding the joy of jamming.

put it on and jam!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gong taken to the next plane Dec 28 2006
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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