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Glow : Gone, But Never Forgotten

It's 1970, and the world is being torn apart. The SDS and Weatherman are throwing bombs, Woodstock and Altamont have come and gone, and drugs and tie-dye rule the day. There's great music everywhere you go: the west coast, with its dark Blue Cheer underbelly and increasingly revolutionary Jefferson Airplane, still rules in the US, while prog rock and metal are on the rise in Europe. Donning your headband and stubbing out a doobie, you venture into the outside world to pick up some new tunes. The new 'Hendrix isn't out yet, but an album cover by a new band called Black Sabbath calls out to you. That witch in front of some medieval-looking house in the woods....too much! You put that under your arm, and as you go up to pay the clerk, who knows your taste, is talking about Randy Holden from Blue Cheer putting out a solo album, called 'Population' or something like that. It seems to be impossible to get ahold of.

Well, the new album by Spain's Glow could easily fit under some record buying music fanatic's arm back in 1970 as well. Its like a time machine; something about their brand of riffing doom takes you back to some hazy golden age in music's history, when longhaired acid heads wound their way through outdoor music festivals while onstage bands of freaks belted out increasingly heavy riffs, plowing new furrows in their listener's consciousness. For starts, Glow's album cover features a slender nude woman posed artfully against a desert hillside. From a distance she looks like an alien.

The music within is one of the best demos I've ever heard, 'Sabbathy goodness leavened with a host of more modern ingredients to create an unbeatable doom sound. This demo joins the ranks of the very few in recent years, such as Starchild, Mindblizz, and Reino Hermitano, who have made music of such high quality that they practically DEMAND to be signed. Glow's tuneage might best be described as psychedelic doom, and is of course first and foremost influenced by Father 'Sabbath. If you add in favorites old and new such as Pagan Altar, Paul Chain, St. Vitus, Goatsnake, Place of Skulls, and Necromandus, it will give you a better picture yet of what you're in for. The wailing, soulful vocals sound like Randy Holden mixed with (clean) Dax Riggs, though some have compared them to Las Cruces' Mark Zammeron. Whether you agree or not, you get the idea. The guitars are beautifully played, drenched in distortion and wah, while the mid-paced drums are located a bit farther back in the mix than you might be accustomed to, giving the whole thing an authentic early 70s flava.

Hawkwind once said they wanted to get their listeners high without drugs. Yeah, right. But I know what they were getting at, because Glow does just that better than any new group since the second Datura album came out. Or Starchild's first demo. Or.....I'm sure you can fill in your own blank. This album will hit you like a ton of dirty psychedelics, flying up your spine and exploding in the back of your brain. You know what to do.....

Contact: info@glow.com.es

[edit by admin.: The glow.com.es domain is gone, thus I know that both the e-mail and the website is no more. This seems to be their new hideout: http://personales.jet.es/gutierrez]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stone Circle
2. Frustrated Song
3. Rush
4. Bleeding Hands
5. Godfish
6. Oxigen (sic)
7. Seasons
8. Living Backwards

Multimedia track:
Godfish (Video)

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

Visit the Glow bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
Hate Your Guts Records
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