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'Antigravity Sound Machine'
(Bad Reputation Records)

Phil Kane

phil kane

eldorado antigravity sound machine

'Antigravity Sound Machine', eh? Yeah, very psychedelic I'm sure and a little misleading. Perhaps unintentionally, it prowls the edges of Motherwolf territory with a lot about this album laying equidistant between Zepp at its heaviest and Clutch at its less spiky. There is nothing remotely antigravity about this riff heavy chunk of concrete crushing rock.

And the voice. Jesus Trujillo's vocal sits with such illustrious dignitaries as Chris Robinson, Steve Tyler and Josh Todd; though mainly the latter. Not glass shatteringly octave scaling stuff and even occasionally sounding like it is well acquainted with the odd glass of good quality whisky and a tab or two.

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There are some that have compared the sound of this album to Airbourne and G'n'R but be careful where you tread here because you will be hard pressed to find where these references came from. It is too bluesy and nowhere near as tetchy; sounding more like Eldorado keeps an envious eye on the big British road bands of the early seventies.

Yet there are moments when they do open up the throttles, such as the motoring opener 'Maybe Forever' and the Purplish 'Paranormal Circus', the funky 'Space Mambo' and the drum heavy 'Searching For Light'. For that killer punch try the massive rumba drum 'Background Radiation' or the dirty riff heavy 'Another Bright Sunday'.

The guitars restrain any urges to shred, though there are some nice slide flourishes and the rhythm section concentrates on being just that, giving the whole shebang a nice satisfying bottom end on which to sit. There are some nice retro keyboard flourishes too as on 'Like A Lost Child' and the production keeps it earthy and gritty, just like this sort of stuff should be.

Strangely the album fades a little towards the end with three of the last four tracks being slower more mellow offerings though admittedly 'Kassandra' does build into a bit of a cranked up belter. It's almost as if the album has decided it has had enough and deployed its brake chute.

If you are after something that will shine a light on the future of heavy rock n' roll then forget it. Not that far removed from Graveyard and Tracer, these Spaniards have ditched the modernity of their earlier albums and gone for a bluesier, garage land take on hard rock with more than a touch of Buckcherry's modern groove.

So, an album that will prove as comfy as yer favourite pair of jeans yet 'Antigravity Sound Machine' is a worthy neighbour baiter that is absolutely worth a punt.




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