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Comacozer : Kalos Eidos Skopeo

An enjoyable foray into instrumental Space Rock/Stoner Doom from Australian band Comacozer.

If you're looking to get off the loony-bus that is the modern, mainstream world and indulge in some ...er... recreational downtime, then Aussie psychedelic loons Comacozer will make for a pretty good soundtrack. Much of the deciding factors of whether or not you'll enjoy what they have to offer will be pinned on your love of Instrumental music, Space Rock and the Stoner scene in general, but if you do dig this stuff, then Comacozer are certainly worth investing time in.

Comencing with what sounds like a Seventies TV robot having a metldown along with a riff and guitar sound straight from Sleep's cutting room floor, the song takes a predictably lengthy time to kick in before widening out into a rather luxurious, spacey jam. Repetative bass lines rumble lazily along under the wah of the lead guitar. Step on the overdrive, awaken the drummer from his simplistic, light fingered slumber and batter the song hypnotically to it's conclusion. You get the idea. Space Rock, you gotta love it.

Quite what 'Kalos Eidos Skopeo' means* is anyone's guess, but final track title 'Enuma Elish' gives some idea as to some of the 'subject matter' dealt with in the wordless arena of Comacozers' music. Indeed, there's a healthy Eastern vibe to much of the album, but then again, certain scales (and a lot of eastern music in general) lend themselves perfectly to the drawn-out, hypnotism practised here. Just don't look directly into the eyes of the snake...

There isn't too much progression within the music, each song is more about finding a groove, locking into it and feeling out the rest. Which is absolutely the point here. This is not for people who have a pathological love of key changes and oddball time signatures. That said, the highlight for me was 'Hylonomus', mainly because it sped up quite considerably half way through, and began to really venture fearlessly out into the great void. The rest of the album, whilst great, requires attention and concentration, and as one bright spark on Bandcamp says, you wouldn't want to drive to this.

All of which kind of brings me to my final point. As much as I enjoyed it, I feel my appreciation of 'Kalos Eidos Skopeo', and of Comacozer for that matter would be best served in a live setting with a certain amount of liquid refreshment and perhaps a crafty inhalation or two. Not necessarily the case, but I bet they do go down a storm under such circumstances. Second best to this then is a darkened room, eyes closed with headphones on and frankincense burning away. All of which does at least get the grey matter going, if unfortunately falling some way short of fully activating the pineal...

* Editor's note: The album title is taken from the Ancient Greek roots of the word 'kaleidoscope' - kalos ('beauty'), eidos ('form') and skopeo ('to see').

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Reviewer's rating: 7/10


Tracklist :
1. Axis Mundi
2. Nystagmus
3. Hylonomus
4. Enuma Elish

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-04-21 by Matt Halsey
Vanha - Black Lion
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