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Spancer : Greater Than The Sun

Spancer are back from their trip among the stars.

Four years after their last sonic deflagration (the very aptly named 'Slowly We Rock') , Spancer are back from their trip among the stars. They are still delivering their ol’ good mix of Sludge and Stoner Doom, all this and Jack Kirby too.

Upon first listen, Spancer sound like a less skatey version of Negative Reaction. The same kind of tortured Sludge screams supported by some very spacey Stoner Doom, and a love for all things psychedelical like the new Host of the Celestials coming down from the other side of the Universe to kick your butt. However, behind these visions of galaxies-spanning empires there is some more aggressiveness. While most of the songs are played in your classic 'mid to down tempo psychedelic extravaganza', more than once the band speeds up the pace and manages to crush your neurons under an unexpected riff coming from nowhere.

It's actually quite difficult to point out a track that would really stand out, as each one is a perfect lesson in Stoner/Sludge in its own right, yet with enough personality to avoid them being just mere carbon copy of one another. But in fact, Greater Than The Sun is still better appreciated when listened to more as a single track divided in 4 parts. This album is easily the forgotten bastard son of Graveyard Poetry (the same rocking groove) and Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form. And definitively the best soundtrack for the day when you want to plunge again into your Perry Rhodan novels. As winter is slowly coming around here, a dose of sonic summer is never lost and Spancer achieve that better than most.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Great Saint Equaling Heaven
2. Those Once Lost - Godhead
3. Agent Sirus
4. (I Am) Phönix

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Spancer bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-11-27 by Laurent Lignon
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