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Queen Elephantine : Surya

Surya is a sun deity in the pantheon of an eastern religion, Hinduism I believe. This is the first time I have had the chance to listen to this bands work but I had read some good reviews about them on the internet. I can't say that I have an extensive collection of psychedelic stoner/doom albums, but to me they sound like Reverend Bizarre covering Hawkwind. That is a good thing, as it translates to long, slow, intriguing compositions.

The album opens with the self titled track, a minimal but very psychedelic song that transfers us slowly into the universe in which the band dwells. The band welcomes us to their home with an orgasmic ritualistic chant entitled 'Ramesses II', a sixteen and a half minute epic that shares many qualities with songs written by legends such as Iron Butterfly, Pink Floyd and King Crimson. These are the same qualities that allow a song to be very long without the listener ever noticing it. The band shows us mercy with the next track, 'Kabir'. The song is a heavy but well structured jam that helps us recover from the previously intoxicating experience. Although the teachings of Black Sabbath are more than obvious throughout the album, on 'Plasma Thaw' Queen Elephantine convince the listener that they are among the most original of interpreters. The closer 'Bison' is a twenty seven minute journey through time and space, as simple as that. The track is the equivalent of the dimensional journey sequence in the ending of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Queen Elephantine is going to be a big name on the scene in the next few years. The band has the talent and I hope they have the patience and will to succeed.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Queen Elephantine
2. Ramesses II
3. Kabir
4. Plasma Thaw
5. Bison

Duration : Approx. 70 minutes.

Visit the Queen Elephantine bandpage.

Reviewed on 07-04-2009 by Dimitris Plastiras
Hate Your Guts Records
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