transitional Stomach of the Sun (white vinyl double LP, £26.50)label: Conspiracy
Stomach of the Sun serves up as an excellent full length reply to 2008's debut release "nothing real, nothing absent". Over an hour's journey through a sonic universe of 9 tracks all of which give you different possibilities and range of what this band can produce. From devouring linear drones, lush melancholy to pure unadulterated rage experienced through a backdrop of churning rhythms, using cohesive experimental recording techniques combined with discordant world eating riffs enveloped in a signature approach to atmosphere and interspersing melody making a truly individual record. The lineup consists again of musican/producer Kevin Laska on guitar/voice/electronics/synth and drum programming, who's probably best known work before Transitional with Anthony Di Franco (ex- Skullflower) as Novatron; and Dave Cochrane (whose past and present credits to name a few include Head of David, Jesu, Greymachine and God) on bass. This record also sees the introduction of Phil Petrocelli to the band (whose past and present credits include Trey Gunn, The Living, Jarboe, Fear Falls Burning and Bill Laswell, among others) appearing on drums on several tracks. Mastered by Justin K Broadrick.
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