The Ripper At The Heaven's Gates Of Dark

Riot Season
Release date
31 Oct 2011
Running length
5 tracks
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1 Chinese Flying Saucer 12:03 1,017
2 Chakra 24 4:06 2,082
3 Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn 15:16 812
4 Shine on You Crazy Dynamite 21:57 805
5 Electric Death Mantra 19:22 634

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The renowned Japanese Cosmic freak-out heavyweights return with a brand new studio album and tour, marking ten years since their mothership first descended on the UK …

Now a steady four piece led by Kawabata Makoto (guitar) and including Tsuyama Atsushi (bass/vocals), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer/guitar) and Shimura Koji (drums). The collective recorded the album in the aftermath of the Japan disaster at their mountaintop retreat where the collective still reside.

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.

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  • bubba_ch

    looking at the album title and track 4, shine on you crazy dynamite, you obviously forgot pink floyd. I'm at track 3 ATM, so far, very good album.

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Thijs_de_vries

    Led Zeppelin + The Doors, AMT nailed it

    3 Dec 2011 Reply

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