MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O.
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A1. Chinese Flying Saucer (12:03)
A2. Chakra 24 (4:07)
B. Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn (15:17)
C. Shine on You Crazy Dynamite (21:57)
D. Electric Death Mantra (19:22)
Nine years after itís initial release, 'The Ripper At The Heaven's Gates Of Dark' is back. The original black vinyl and CD editions sold out pretty quick, and have been a constant source of repress requests ever since. So, at Makotoís personal request here it is. And I agree with him that itís definitely the best AMT studio album from that short lived four piece line up.
With the exception of the album's opener 'Chinese Flying Saucer' and it's unashamedly obvious musical references to Led Zeppelin II (hello 1969!) the rest of the album locks into a much more laid-back groove than on recent AMT releases. This dynamic shift is best displayed on the 22 minute jam, 'Shine On You Crazy Dynamite' and also the album's closer 'Electric Death Mantra'. The band opt for less frantic explosions of electric guitar overload and fuzz, replacing those elements with a more epic, blissed-out and at times brooding Japanese psychedelia, with more emphasis on acoustic guitars, sitar, organ, synthesiser and at times, really trippy vocals (most prevalent on 'Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn'), recalling the twisted psychedelics of early Pink Floyd. Yet still, their sound remains so expansive that it is easy to become totally immersed in this album.
Epic in proportions, cloaked in a cosmic haze and shimmering in a synth utopia. 'The Ripper At Heaven's Gates Of Dark' maintains AMT's status as masters of out-of-this-world music and reveals their darker side of the moon.
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. at the time of this recording were
Tsuyama Atsushi : monster bass, voice, soprano sax, cimpo flute, soprano recorder, acoustic guitar, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, dancin'king
Shimura Koji : drums, latino cool
Kawabata Makoto : electric guitar, electric bouzouki, sitar, organ, percussion, electronics, speed guru
Recorded at Acid Mothers Temple, Japan
Produced & engineered by Kawabata Makoto
Digital mastered by Yoshida Tatsuya
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