Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2009 - Lord Of The Underground. Vishnu And The Magic Elixir

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2009
Lord Of The Underground. Vishnu And The Magic Elixir




01. Eleking the Clay (13:59)
02. Sorcerer's Stone of the Magi (3:51)
03. Vishnu and the Magic Elixir (25:33)

- Makoto Kawabata / electric guitar, organ, percussion, rhythm machine, speed guru
- Atsushi Tsuyama / monster bass, voice, cosmic joker
- Hiroshi Higashi / synthesizer
- Koji Shimura / drums, latino cool



The output of Acid Mothers Temple in 2009 continues to be so staggering it's almost literally impossible to keep tabs on each new release -- including limited live recordings, they issue eight to ten in a given year on an astonishing number of labels. The upside for the band is always having something new to sell at shows, while the downsides for AMT fans are numerous. Another downside is quality control. It may indeed be the mission of AMT to document every single studio moment or every gig and release as many as possible. But given the sprawling nature of AMT in general, this can often lead to some tedious and boring recordings. Lord of the Underground: Vishnu and the Magic Elixir is a mixed bag. It contains three pieces, two longer jams, and one pointless bit of "folk" music tomfoolery in the middle. The set kicks off with "Eleking the Clay," written by bassist Tsuyama Atsushi and guitarist and speed guru Kawabata Makoto. The track begins unexpectedly with some trippy organ before morphing into a bit of Middle Eastern modal folk improvising with droning and moaning vocals before it gets transformed into a first-rate AMT jam. While the original riff doesn't change much, Kawabata handles the boards and transforms it musically and sonically into a wild free-for-all with loads of psychedelic guitar and bouzouki, with the organ getting all Terry Riley-esque and the synth whooping and soaring all over the mix. It begins minimally with bouzouki and guitar improv, all spare and noodling. Singular synth sounds erupt from Higashi Hiroshi, just tripping all cosmic and spacy, but, as with all AMT mega jams -- and this one is 25 minutes -- it begins to change shape and textures as bluesy guitar, vocal sounds, and other weirdness enter the mix. The tune begins to take some form at about four minutes, and transform itself into a slow, bluesy psych jam before picking up speed at about 13 minutes. From here, the electric guitar, and a kazoo strangely enough, begin to assert themselves in slow, purposeful groove. By 15 minutes, the piece has left the ground and distorted basslines, propulsive drums, and the rest of the AMT arsenal all join the party, and mental consciousness expansion multiplies until total psych meltdown.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso - U.F.O -. 2009 Are We Experimental?

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2009
Are We Experimental?




01. E.S.P. (Experimental Spooky Peace) (04:25)
02. 40000000000000000 Love Hotel (06:51)
03. Daruma Clause in Opposition (07:26)
04. Wired Stinky Pussy Luver (07:15)
05. Hallelujah Mystic Garden (01:31)
06. Iyomange of the Rising Sun (05:03)
07. Close Encounters of the Electric Cspirits (02:44)
08. Holy Rock'n'roll Bible (06:43)
09. Goodbye Big Asshole Emmanuelle (03:38)
10. Ultimate Unhip Blues (08:09)
11. Are We Experimental? (03:15)

- Makoto Kawabata / electric guitar, organ, percussion, rhythm machine, speed guru
- Atsushi Tsuyama / monster bass, voice, cosmic joker
- Hiroshi Higashi / synthesizer
- Koji Shimura / drums, latino cool




On their Spring 2009 US Tour, Acid Mothers Temple's Atsushi Tsuyama started the show by reapeatedly asking the audience "Are We Experimental?" This question has led me to ponder what exactly "experimental" music is in the 21st century. More than 80 years since the earliest electric instruments were introduced, and 50 since electronic instruments first hit the scene, it seems that the experiments have already been done. I have never really considered Acid Mothers Temple to be "experimental." While they break virtually every rule of music with their often cacophonous noise (anchored by moments of beauty), it seems that AMT are simply doing what they do.

On this disc, AMT ask that same question. The opening three tracks contain hints of 20th Century Minimalist Works, like Terry Riley's Terry Riley in C and Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, but if these works were played under blistering guitar lines. After these tracks the disc turns to a fairly standard guitar noise freak out for the middle section. One surprise for me was the fairly straight jazz chording that opens, Goodbye Big Asshole Emmanuelle, and the fact that the closer and title track is the least experimental, a basic acoustic song written and sung by Tsuyama.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 2008 - Pink Lady Lemonade You’re From Outer Space

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
2008
Pink Lady Lemonade You’re From Outer Space




01. Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space (Part 1) (24:07)
02. Message From Outer Space (17:59)
03. Take Me To The Universe (10:48)
04. Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space (Part 2) (10:56)

- Tabata Mitsuru / Bass, voice, malatab
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, dancin' king
- Shimura Koji / drums, latino cool
- Pikachu / drums, voice, cosmic shaman
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, voice, speed guru
- Audrey Ginestet / voice, cosmos



Utterly gorgeous. Unlike most Cosmic Inferno releases, this one is really, really mellow. This particular Acid Mothers guise was usually used mainly for the heavier or riffier compositions, but this one is really stripped down. In fact, most of the guitar work is acoustic. Listening to it is a lot like looking at the sugary artwork.

The album is bookended by two title tracks. The first is a lengthy acoustic one that I originally thought "Wow, this is pretty repetetive. I hope it doesn't get worn out", but the time passed amazingly quickly. It has a lot of subtle changes, and you'll hardly believe that 25 minutes has passed. The second title track is the familiar side of Pink Lady Lemonade that has been performed countless times by the band before. Personally, I prefer the Myth of the Love Electrique version since the vocal repetition of the track title grates on me a bit, but I don't think anything could ruin that track for me. It's so beautifully recognised.

As for the other two tracks found between the two title pieces, there's not much difference. The first one is very similar to the rest of the album, but adopts a bit more rhythmic sections, as well as a bit of surf rock influence. Finally, 'Take Me To The Universe' is the only track on the album to feature male vocals (courtesy of drummer and album cover artist, Pikachu) and reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd for some reason. It's very "plain" for Acid Mothers Temple, and probably my least favourite on the album, but it's still fantastic. Bearing in mind "plain" for AMT is still a lot more out there than most music.

Acid Mothers Temple The Cosmic Inferno - 2008- Journey Into The Cosmic Inferno

Acid Mothers Temple The Cosmic Inferno
2008
Journey Into The Cosmic Inferno





01. 1st Movement: Cosmic Inferno's Gate (8:53)
02. 2nd Movement: Master Of The Cosmic Inferno-Heart Of Earth (22:53)
03. 3rd Movement: Cosmic Blood Feast (4:33)
04. 4th Movement: Ecstacy Into The Cosmic Inferno (15:05)
05. 5th Movement: Usisi (8:20)
06. 6th Movement: Shalom Cosmic Inferno (8:33)

- Tabata Mitsuru / Bass, voice, acoustic guitar, guitar (torotiseshell), percussion
- Shimura Koji / drums, percussion, latino cool
- Pikachu / drums, voice, taiko, percussion, keyboards, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, cosmic shaman
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, huydy gurdy, bouzouki, sitar, electric sitar, organ, glockenspiel, ney, hyotan shamisen, percussion, voice, speed guru
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, alto recorder, percussion, voice, dancin' king




YOHKOSO JIGOKU NO ITCHOHME E (Welcome to the Entrance of Inferno). Pikachu says as above and laughs weirdly (cutely? :-P).

1st Movement - Cosmic Inferno's Gate...that's the start of Journey Into The Cosmic Inferno(I wonder there is Inferno in the cosmos... :-P). A solemn keyboard solo can take us to the outer world...with a bewitching sitar and inorganic percussion sounds. Just in Japan is a river named SANZU NO KAWA toward the entrance of the heaven and the hell, and in the first half of the movement we can feel like riding a boat on Sanzu river. The latter half has confusion and dilapidation as the river should be rough and stomy, with our feeling so anxious about the future.

2nd Movement - Master Of The Cosmic Inferno is the masterpiece of this album. Makoto's heavy guitar explosion can punch us strongly away. Wow, that's absolutely the Inferno absorbing us deeply! Pikachu's eccentric words (HAMAYARAWA IKISHICHIBA SUBARASHIKI JIGOKU UCHU...meant wonderful cosmic inferno?) add more and more weirdness and heaviness to the sound. Complete improvisational battles with each instrument go after her unearthly laughing. Causion! Exactly raging inferno about 14 minutes! Don't be burned by the fire!

2nd Movement - Heart Of Earth is an illusion of the earth's pulse. The earth under the Inferno has palpitations, expressed by Pikachu's sensual whisper. Already we have dived under the thick ground...? Indeed we can't breathe enough. At any rate, I consider in this album Pikachu is the most active and brilliant with her voice and illusion.

3rd Movement - Cosmic Blood Feast can let us dream for a moment. Glittering percussions and her laughing with pleasure (I feel) go round and round. A beautiful smile...isn't it?

4th Movement - Ecstasy Into The Cosmic Inferno is again an improvisational one. Speed Guru Makoto can make his guitar growl loudly and blow like a typhoon. And there Pikachu's fine but aggressive voice is added...all are messed up. Wait, the movement is exactly a song. Under such a condition they can construct a music...wonderful I wanna say...ha-haa!

What should 5th Movement - Usisi mean? Oxen? Laugh or chuckle? This may have various meanings. After the storm with hellish sounds, we should laugh calmly on the back of an ox. Don't be tired...The Cosmic Inferno won't end...we chuckle in spite of ourselves, don't we? :-)

Really? Real shalom? At 6th Movement - Shalom Cosmic Inferno we may want to say that. Our mind and body has been already broken, burnt by previous movements and can't make re-union. However, the Comic Inferno will NEVER end...surely come again in front of us... and we must be absorbed forever...LOL.

By the way, can you feel weirdness or horror in the sleeve? At least for me NO. All members seem to be very happy and enjoying. Now, after listening to the album from start to finish, it's no use crying over spilled milk.

Good luck! :-)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 2008 - Hotter Than Inferno Live In Sapporo 2008

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
2008
Hotter Than Inferno Live In Sapporo 2008




01. Master of the Cosmic Inferno / Heart of Earth
02. Pink Lady Lemonade (Including Doobie Wonder Land)

Recorded live on June 29, 2008 at the Counter Action - in Sapporo, Japan. CD art work done by Tobi Kaori. Pretty much your typical live Acid Mothers Temple concert performance. This 73 minute disc has two tracks - the noisy tripped out "Master Of The Cosmic Inferno" (26:30) in which after about twelve head-spinning minutes, the more space rock-like somewhat-hypnotic "Heart Of Earth" takes over. Features Pikachu (according to the CD's liner notes) providing some hot female vocals. Sounds great. Next up is "Pink Lady Lemonade" (45:50) with bassist Tabata Mitsuru on vocals, then after twenty minutes, we hear "Doobie Wonder Land" (you have to love that song title) that employs some whirlwind electronics with Kawabata Makoto's trademark R-I-P-P-I-N-G guitar work. Then 'Live In Sapporo' comes to a close, they play a "Pink Lady Lemonade" reprise. Well done. I've seen AMT play live - twice now and I wanted to mention their usual gigs consist of three actual songs, lasting about fifteen minutes each, then (depending on how much time they have until curfew) the second an maybe third song leads right into another tune out of their (seemingly) endless repertoire. As 'Live In Sapporo' may not be for the Acid Mothers novice, it's every bit as out-standing as the Acid Mothers Gong - 'Live In Nagoya' - also on the Vivo label. Get it now, before it becomes out-of-print.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues - 2007 - The Soul Of A Mountain Wolf

Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues 
2007
The Soul Of A Mountain Wolf



01. Ramble 4:16
02. Anger 8:31
03. Twilight 6:57

- Tsuchy / electric guitar
- Magic Aum Gigi / electric guitars
- Mai Mai / drums




This is an aweome release, it's still Acid Mothers Temple but they sound so focused, the guitar isn't just going completely insane, it actually sounds like a proper Hard Rock/Psychedelic Rock Jam album, I don't know, just listen to it.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2007 - The Early Acid Mothers Temple Recordings 1995–1997

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2007
The Early Acid Mothers Temple Recordings 1995–1997




01. From The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (3:56)
02. The Acid Mothers Prayer (8:38)
03. Amphetamine A Go Go (4:55)
04. Aum Over Drive (3:27)
05. Speed Guru (19:51)
06. L: Zen Feedbacker (3:14)
      R: Candy Aum
07. Pink Lady Lemonade (12:54)
08. Tibetan Esoteric Rage (5:44)
09. Aunt Ema Blues (6:18)
-Glutton For Punishment
10. Rolling Buzz Fuzz Fucker (5:00)
11. Satori LSD (8:29)
12. Freak Out Mu (18:20)*
13. Speed Guru (19:39)*

Tracks 1-5 originally released as Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. 1 (AMT-001).
Tracks 7-12 originally released as Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. 2 (AMT-002).
These cassettes were issued on the Acid Mothers Temple label in February 1997 in limited editions of 50 copies.
Reissued as The Early Acid Mothers Temple Recordings 1995-1997 by Synesthetic Recordings on 26 November 2007 on 2xLP limited to 408 copies (SYRE 011) and in a 3xLP + poster Triple Trip Edition limited to 100 copies (SYRETRIPP 011). 2xCD version (SYRE 012) and digital version (SYRE 012 DL) released in 2015.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. at the time of these recordings were:
Cotton Casino: voices, sitar, synthesizer
Suhara Keizo: bass
Momo: bass
Higashi Hiroshi: guitar
Koizumi Hajime: drums, percussion, saxophone
Takahashi Atsuki: drums
Yasuda Hisashi: percussion
Sakakibara Daiji: didgeridoo
Mano Kazuhiko: saxophone
Ishida Yoko: violin
Johan Wellens: cosmic narration
Kawabata Makoto : guitar, synthesizer, sarangi, harmonium, bagpipe, organ, voices

Tracks 6 and 13 are bonus tracks originally released on Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., a cassette issued in 1996 in a limited edition of 10 copies. The cassette also featured a track called "Psycho Line", but it was considered by Kawabata Makoto to be of inferior musical value and has been omitted from this reissue.
Reissued by Synesthetic Recordings on 26 November 2007 as the bonus disc of the 3xLP + poster Triple Trip Edition of The Early Acid Mothers Temple Recordings 1995-1997. 2xCD version (SYRE 012) and digital version (SYRE 012 DL) released in 2015.

Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. at the time of these recordings were:
Cotton Casino: voices, synthesizer
Suhara Keizou: bass
Momo: bass
Higashi Hiroshi: guitar
Koizumi Hajime: drums, percussion, saxophone
Mano Kazuhiko: saxophone
Kawabata Makoto: guitar, synthesizer
Releases information

Synesthetic Recordings SYRE011 2xLP 2006. Recorded at Acid Mothers Temple 1995-1997.
Produced and engineered by Kawabata Makoto. *This tracks are on the triple LP edition also in Synesthetic Recordings SYRETRIPP 011 3xLP




The compilation was released as a double LP (SYRE 011) in a limited edition of 408 copies. A special Triple Trip Edition (SYRETRIPP 011) including a third bonus LP and a poster, limited to only 100 copies, was issued at the same time. A double CD version (SYRE 012) is planned for release in 2011.

The compilation features the first sessions of the band, recorded at Acid Mothers Temple from 1995 to 1997. Disc 1 was originally released as Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. 1 (AMT-001) and disc 2 originally released as Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. 2 (AMT-002), two companion cassettes issued by the Acid Mothers Temple label in February 1997 in limited editions of 50 copies each.

The bonus material on disc 3 was recorded at Acid Mothers Temple from 1995 to 1996 and originally released on Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., a cassette issued in 1996 in a limited edition of 10 copies. The cassette also featured a track called "Psycho Line", but it was considered to be of inferior musical value and was omitted from this reissue on the request of band leader Kawabata Makoto.

Most of the songs were later released in different forms on the band's eponymous debut album and other recordings.

n 1995 the quartet of Kawabata Makoto (Musica Transonic, Mainliner, Toho Sara), Koizumi Hajime (ex. Mainliner, ex. Seventh Seal), Suhara Keizo (Arijigoku, Rashinban), and Cotton Casino (Mady Gula Blue Heaven) formed a new group and started to record their improvised jam sessions. The group did not yet have a name at this point in their existence. A group of social dropouts of every description - musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants - known as the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective, had already begun to coalesce around Kawabata.

Several years earlier Kawabata had spent some time in a beatnik commune in Nagano, but he soon left, having become repulsed by their exclusionary left-wing ideology and hypocritical ecological activities. In response he had founded his own commune, one without any political ideology or ethics save that of non-interference in each other's lives. The mission of this "hometown of souls" would be to open its doors to anyone who was still searching for something in life.

Around the same time Kawabata had become involved in the Tokyo underground scene through his role as guitarist with Musica Transonic. Determined to do something to introduce the world to the other members of the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective, he decided to invite them to join his as yet untitled new improvising jam band. His old friend Higashi Hiroshi and many other members of the collective started to participate in the group's recording sessions. This would be the beginning of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (AMT).

In 1996 a limited edition cassette entitled Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (note that the band's name was spelled with an apostrophe in the beginning) was sold at an event that Kawabata played at. This was the first release to bear the AMT name, and it included recordings by the original quartet, an early take of "Speed Guru", and other recordings dating from 1995 and early 1996.

In 1997, Kawabata joined Mainliner on their US and European tour. He took with him two limited edition cassettes entitled Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. 1 and Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. 2, which were sold at gigs on the tour. They consisted of recordings from 1995 to 1997, including tracks by the original quartet with added overdubs and newly recorded tracks. After the tour ended, Kawabata went back to work on these pieces, mixing and adding new overdubs. These would eventually become the recordings that were released by PSF as the band's eponymous first album (PSFD-93), so the original cassettes may be considered as "demo" versions of that record.

While these early recordings were released under the AMT name, they were in fact closer in concept to Kawabata's solo albums. Recordings of improvised jams were manipulated using musique concrete methodology and remade into Kawabata's personal image of psychedelic music. There was no intention for the group to play live, and in fact there were no gigs in the first few years. But when the first PSF album was released, Kawabata decided to tour overseas for the first time in June 1998. Soon afterwards Tsuyama Atsushi joined the group, and began to cement its identity as a live band. The process of transformation from a Kawabata solo project into a group was one that began around this time and still continues today.

This compilation reissues most of the early recordings of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and makes them available to a larger audience for the first time.

Acid Mothers Guru Guru - 2007 - Psychedelic Navigator

Acid Mothers Guru Guru 
2007
Psychedelic Navigator



01. Stonerrock Socks
02. Bayangobi
03. For Bunka-San
04. Psychedelic Navigator
05. Bo Diddley

- Mani Neumeier / Drums, vocals
- Kawabata Makoto / Guitar, vocals
- Atsushi Tsuyama / Bass, flute, vocals



Another Acid Mothers spinoff. By now these are all something you'd look forward to or absolutely hate. Prolific is a word that comes to mind. Acid Mothers Guru Guru is all about what they do best: psychedelic music. Psychedelic Navigator does kind of start off slow but it builds up to a much more enjoyable level of groovy and fuzz influenced rock. While not as hectic or noisy as a lot of Melting Paraiso U.F.O. releases I have listened to, the separate Guru Guru incarnate has a bigger krautrock as well as stoner rock vibe (as evidenced by Stonerrock Socks, for instance) and brings da ruckus in its own special way. AMT fans would certainly want to look into this.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 2007 - Ominous From The Cosmic Inferno

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
2007
Ominous From The Cosmic Inferno




01. Ecstasy In Hell (4:57)
02. Nipples In The Dream Woods (18:49)
03. Omen Amen (17:16)
04. Dark Side Of The Apocalypse (13:44)
05. Golem Rock (7:31)
06. Na Na Hey Hey From The Cosmic Inferno (4:11)

- Tabata Mitsuru / bass, vocal, acoustic guitar, maratab
- Higashi Hiroshi / electronics, dancin' king
- Shimura Koji / drums, percussion, latino cool
- Okano Futoshi / drums, percussion, god speed
- Kawabata Makoto / electric guitar, bouzouki, electronics, speed guru




A super-wild, punishing, dark slab of experimental psychedelic hell featuring fuzz-blasted riffing and hypnotic speed-guru guitar chaos courtesy of Mr. Kawabata Makoto. Think early Amon Düül-influenced druggy, acoustic mantric folk experimentalism and eastern drones from below. Presented in a deluxe sturdy gatefold sleeve featuring cosmic artwork by Jason Killinger--including a striking pop-up design!

Nice to see an Acid Mothers Temple CD that has more than one or even two tracks to it. Pieces that I absolutely got the most out of were the tripping "Entrance To Hell" (with it's nice echoing vocal effects and freakout guitar), the seventeen-minute (sort of) ethnic sounding "Omen Amen" and the fourteen-minute sonic Japanese space-noise rock anthem (?) "Dark Side Of The Apocalypse"

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2007 - Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2007
Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo





01. Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo (65:15)

- Kitagawa Hao / Vocals, Thermin, Hot Spice & Alcohol
- Tsuyama Atsushi / Bass, Voice, Cosmic Joker
- Higashi Hiroshi / Synthesizer, Guitar, Dancin' King
- Shimura Koji / Drums, Latino Cool
- Kawabata Makoto / Guitar, Speed Guru



 The album is one big, long, usually meditative track with synths, acoustic guitar, and even bells present. Laid back is not a term generally associated with Acid Mothers Temple, as far as I know, but it usually fits here. I say usually because sometimes the band does what they're most well known for - freak out. Near the end especially, there is one big, crazy, improvised bit with guitar/sax/drums/everything going all out.

The album is named after a Buddhist chant, and after some quick searching, I've found that it "is the title and the heart of the Lotus Sutra, and it is the Law that explains the workings of life." A lofty premise for an album, that's for sure. Throughout the album, this is repeated on and off by the vocalists, and it serves to give it a sort of mystical feeling.

The only part of this album which I don't like very much is the section right after the freak out I mentioned earlier - it's a solo synth I believe, and often the tone is ear-splittingly high. Still, it doesn't last very long and doesn't constitute very much of the album. After that part there's a short bit with all/most of the band singing "Lala la la la la la la, Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo" a capella - an unexpected end to a very good album. Not a masterpiece, but still a great addition to your collection.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2007 - Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under The Stars

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2007
Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under The Stars




01. Pussy Head Man From Outer Space (7:42)
02. Crystal Rainbow Pyramid (21:57)
03. Electric Psilocybin Flashback (40:21)

- Kitagawa Hao / voice, Thermin, hot spice & alcohol
- Tsuyama Atsushi / bass, voice, Cosmic Joker
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, guitar, Dancin' King
- Shimura Koji / drums, Latino Cool
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, Speed Guru



This is another crazy, psychedelic trip courtesy of ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE.

We get started with "Pussy Head Man From Outer Space". It opens with bass followed by drums before a wall of noisy guitars come in that overshadow both. And that's what we get for the rest of the song. As attractive as the title "Pussy Head Man From Outer Space" is, I think they should have called it "Instant Headache instead". "Crystal Rainbow Pyramid" is almost 22 minutes long. It features a nice heavy beat as synths shoot off all over the place. The lead guitar is much better on this track. This guy can play when he wants to. The beat stops after 7 minutes, but then returns quickly at a faster pace. The guitar becomes noisy for about the last 4 minutes of the song.

"Electric Psilocybin Flashback" is the 40 minute closer. Strummed guitar leads the way as synths fire off in different directions. It calms down 6 1/2 minutes in as we get some sax for the first time on the album. The sax melodies with drums last for about 6 minutes and then we get some female vocals with bass and light drums. Another change 15 minutes in as bass, guitar and synths lead the way. Another calm 21 minutes in, but it's brief. Vocals return 25 minutes in before another calm 5 minutes later. Gentle guitar and synths to the end of the track.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2007 - Acid Motherly Love

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2007
Acid Motherly Love




01. Che Gia' Si Fa' (11:02)
02. Douchebag (21:36)
  a) Tales Of Mystery Zone
  b) Sometime In Your Pussy
  c) Lament Of Alter Egos
03. Traitors With Beautiful Hearts (3:58)
04. Astro Elvis E.S.P. (15:07)
05. Santa Sanrodriguez (15:04)
06. Johnny Johnny Jerusalem (3:31)

- Tsuyama Atsushi / monster bass, voice, acoustic guitar, piano, flute, bamboo, cosmic joker
- Shimura Koji / drums, latino cool
- Kawabata Makoto / electric guitar, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki, electric sitar, sarangi, tambura, organ, harmonium, violin, glockenspiel, synthesizer, ring modulator, electronics, percussion, voice, speed guru
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, dancin' king
- Stoo Odom / voice, king of beer
- Stefania Muroni / voice
- Nazrin / voice



Now firmly fixed to a solid 4 piece (Tsuyama Atsushi, Higashi Hiroshi, Shimura Koji and Kawabata Makoto) with added guest vocalists, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. return to their spiritual home of the UK Riot Season for yet another OUT-THERE ride through their weird and psychedelic world. Guitars howl, riffs grow BIGGER with each minute and brains get fried along the way.

Recorded under falling ash and burning roof tiles, 'Acid Motherly Love' features every dimension of their legendary underground sound - from wild riff heavy jams, to quieter acoustic passages and spoken monologues, all capped by the trance inducing 15 minute-plus epic 'Santa Sanrodriguez'. Artwork features the obligatory naked Japanese babes in all their finery. God Bless AMT!

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2007 - 41st Century Splendid Man Returns

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2007
41st Century Splendid Man Returns




01. Ruck Zuck (7:08)
02. 41st Century Splendid Man (14:49)
03. Genesis Of Humanity (9:15)
04. Dalai Gama (4:39)
05. Hello Eskimo Or Polyhedral Mu (14:20)

- Cotton Casino / Vocals
- Tsuyama Atsushi / Tibetan Trumpet, monster bass, synthesizer, bass harmonica
- Higashi Hiroshi / Synthesizer
- Koizumi Hajime / Drums, Percussion
- Suhara Keizo / Drone bass
- Yoshida Masayuki / Keyboards
- Yoko / Space phone girl
- Ayano / Cosmic companion
- Yoshida Tatsuya / Drums
- Kawabata Makoto / Guitar, synthesizer, RDS900, Violin, sarangi, electric sitar, bowed sitar



Recorded at Acid Mothers Temple 1997-2001
The original release was actually a 12? picture disc on tUMULt Records in 2002.
Tracks 1 & 5 are bonus tracks that did not appear on the original release.
Comes in miniature gatefold LP-style sleeve. Limited edition of 1000 copies.

Originally came out as a 10" vinyl on the Tumult label. Then a few years later this title was put out on CD on Essence Music - with two added bonus tracks, as I'm glad I waited for it to finally be reissued on CD, as I haven't had a turn-table for years. I've heard great things about this AMT pick as it turns out it's all true. Starts off with "Ruck Zuck" which features an enriched sound with some heavy moog-like synthesizer, as it carries on with the very cool experimental title cut "41st Century Spendid Man" and the trippy progressive {sort to speak} "Genesis Of Humanity". Also couldn't get enough of the fourteen-minute insane freakout jam "Hello Eskimo Or Polyhedral Mu". Employs analog sound, sitar, ghostly female vocals and non-traditonal instruments. Disc comes housed in a miniture lp gatefold-like packaging.
"41st Century Splendid Man Returns" is a typically idiosyncratic Acid Mothers Temple release that showcases the many sides of one of the most experimental and prolific bands in music today.
"Ruck ZucK" kicks off the album with all manner of keyboard sound effects underscored by a relentless, Can-inspired rhythm attack. Kraut Rock at its spaciest, complete with a false ending. The title track is fourteen minutes of industrial ambience a la Nine Inch Nails "Ghost" series, and while it never really goes anywhere, it does create a haunting atmosphere. "Genesis of Humanity" recreates the beginning of man with some eerie keyboard, chaotic drumming, guitar squeals, and a driving bassline that eventually brings cohesion to the sonic mess, but only long enough to inspire the individual band members to then take off on their own solo excursions. "Dalai Gama" is a percussion driven interlude reminiscent of a mid song Can jam. and the album concludes with "Hello Eskimo of Polyhedral Mu", pedal to the metal, screaming, squealing, stomping, stop-and-start whirlwind of a jam that leaves the listener out of breath before slowly unwinding in a twisting, shape shifting outro not too far removed from a deep Phish or King Crimson improvisation.
"41st Century" delivers a variety of AMT flavors, from the typical aggressive sonic assualts to more atmospheric numbers. The sound is less than desirable at times (mostly during the faster tracks) but if anything, the sonic deficiencies only enhance the overall mind numbing vibe of the Acid Mothers Temple experience.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2006 - The Day Before the Sky Fell In

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2006
The Day Before the Sky Fell In




01. Space Age Ballad/La Novia (Including in E.) (28:16)
02. La Novia/Speed Guru (18:35)

- Cotton Casino / vocal, synthesizer
- Tsuyama Atsushi / monster bass, vocal, acoustic guitar
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, guitar, chorus
- Ichiraku Yoshimitsu / drums
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, chorus


Recorded at Reckless Records on the night before September 11, 2001 - it is a re-issue of the out-of-print LP 'The Night Before the Sky Fell in America Sept 10, 2001'
A nicely done in-store appearance that Acid Mothers Temple had played at Restless Records shop in Chicago on September 10, 2001. Notable one day prior to 911. The cover pays tribute to Amon Duul II's 'Yeti' lp. I thought that 'Day Before' was a nice change of pace for Acid Mothers. Instead of the usual space-noise wall of massive sound in-your-face routine, you get to hear AMT's acoustic side. Well for a little bit anyway. Two tracks here, are "Space Age Ballad / La Novia / including a bit of In C" (28:16) and "La Novia (reprise, I assume) /Speed Guru" (18:35). Didn't hear much vocals on this CD at all. Will need to listen to it again. a definite should-have.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmmic Inferno - 2006 - Starless And Bible Black Sabbath

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmmic Inferno
2006
Starless And Bible Black Sabbath




01. Starless and Bible Black Sabbath (34:20)
02. Woman from a Hell (6:12)

- Kawabata Makoto / Guitar, speed guru
- Okano Futoshi / Drums, god speed
- Shimura Koji / Drums, latino cool
- Higashi Hiroshi / Synthesizer, dancin' king
- Tabata Mitsuru / Bass, vocals, maratab



Starless and Bible Black Sabbath is the third album from Acid Mothers Temple to appear on the Canadian Alien8 label, but the first to appear in their new incarnation as Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno. Recorded March through May of 2005 at their home studio in Japan, this one is in keeping with the new band's commitment to "heavy coherency." The title and cover suggests two rock classics: King Crimson's Starless and Bible Black and Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album. The music? There are two cuts totaling a little over 40 minutes here. The title track, over a half-hour in length, begins with a crash, an echo, and a few moments of silence. Then another crash and steps in a hallway, succeeded by a gong ringing and pulsating for a few more moments, raising the tension. Then the steps again, many of them, before the guitar feedback of Makoto Kawabata and the Sabbath bass heavy sludge riff that dominates what comes afterward for the next 20 minutes or so. During this period, Kawabata is at his "most coherently" freaked out in his soloing. He's a guitar madman, bleating, screaming, wailing, and turning the instrument and its sounds inside out, and it never ever gets dull. Perhaps that's because Higashi Hiroshi's synths do such a fine job of laying atmospherics and noise over the backdrop and occasionally daring Kawabata to duel. The rhythm section, playing the same thudding riff incessantly through the entire thing, is hypnotic. There is a brief silence around 22 minutes with just Kawabata wailing, and then the plodding riff returns almost until the end of the track, which finally fades with Hiroshi's whirling synth. "Woman from a Hell," at a little over six minutes, is the Acid Mothers at their garage punk best, playing a hundred miles per hour, sounding like Gong crossed with Slayer. There are vocals by bassist Tabata Mitsuru, but they're indecipherable in the scree. The sound is like mud, overdriven to the breaking point by Okano Futoshi and Shimura Koji's insane drumming. Kawabata's solos are brief but blinding. But it's those drums burning a hole in your skull that make the track so utterly raw and grimy and incessantly intense. At the end, the listener is left exhausted but utterly satisfied.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2006 - Power House of Holy

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2006
Power House of Holy




01. Dark Star In The Dazzling Sky (aka Dark Star Blues) (14:29)
02. Pink Lady Lemonade (24:48)

- Tsuyama Atsushi / monster bass, vocal, cosmic joker
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, guitar, chorus, dancin' king
- Koizumi Hajime / drums, sleeping monk
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, chorus, speed guru


Recorded live during the 2006 US tour. Great performances, but the combination of slightly iffy fidelity and shitloads more feedback and less bass frequencies than their studio counterparts means that this is headache inducing very, very fast.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2006 - Myth Of The Love Electrique

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2006
Myth Of The Love Electrique




01. The Man From Giacobinid Meteor Comet (21:25)
  a) Giacobinid Meteor Shower Attack
  b) Viva Astro Django
  c) Sailing On Giacobini's Orbital
02. Five Dimensional Nightmare (13:40)
  a) The Golden Apple And 400 Wives
  b) Magic Fingers Of The Undesired Fiend
  c) Or A Spell For Sargasso Of Space
03. Love Electrique (19:38)
04. Pink Lady Lemonade (May I Drink You Once Again?) (20:39)

- Ktagawa Hao / voice, hot spice & alcohol
- Tsuyama Atsushi / monster bass, acoustic guitar, voice, one-legged flute, sopranino recorder, cosmic joker
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, dancin' king
- Shimura Koji / drums, latino cool
- Kawabata Makoto / electric guitar, bouzouki, electric bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, organ, synthesizer, electronics, tambura, sitar, percussion, speed guru





Take the Grateful Dead at their 1969 best, but with Frank Zappa replacing Jerry Garcia, lock them in a room with Sun Ra and his Arkestra, and feed them all the drugs that George Clinton took between 1967 and 1982, turn the amps up to 11 and run the tape backwards, and you might -- MIGHT -- get something that sounds a little like this. But not as free, obviously.  In these 70 odd minutes, we have drone, relentless psychedelic rock freakouts, lots of cool acoustic moments, and probably the definitive version of Pink Lady Lemonade. Everything right down to the artwork is just fucking incredible.

Acid Mothers Gong - 2006 - Live In Tokyo

Acid Mothers Gong
2006
Live In Tokyo




01. Gnome 11:11 [Invoking Third Dimensional Gnomolinguistix] 1:04
02. Ooom Ba Wa! [Invocation of Ulterior Motif & Conversation with Gongly Godpods]
03. Crazy Invisible She [Invocation of Undulating Absences] 4:18
04. The Unkilling of Doctor Octave Doctor Da Ja 4J [Ceremonie Undone (You Can't Smash Me Riff)] 8:48
05. Avahoot Klaxon Diamond Language Ritual [Ceremoni Free Lingual Exploder/Beezul-Baba Bombom Chant] 4:42
06. Rituel Umbrage Demon Stirfry & Its Upcum [Ceremoni Rhino-Electrik Upstir] 3:29
07. Jesu Ali Om Cruci-Fiction [Ceremoni Ikonaklastika] 1:18
08. Ze Teapot Zat Exploded [Ceremoni Joyful Killpast] 9:29
09. Eating Colonel Saunders Upside Down [Ceremoni Invertigong & Cuckold Dance Macabre(Note Upcum Celebrasive Whoopi Tag)] 6:34
10. Vital Info That Should Never Be Spoken [Ceremoni Secretif (Oui-Ja Boardinghouse of Codes)] 6:34
11. Parallel Tales of Fred Circumspex [All Nude Pissing on yr Toes Song] 5:11
12. The Isle of Underwear [Ceremoni Pink Lady Limonade 599g] 12:33
13. Ohm Riff Voltage 245 [Ceremoni Tribal Surge] 7:43
14. Totalatonal Farewell to the Innocents [Lullabye Jackal & Formaldahyde] 6:22

Makoto Kawabata - guitar & bazouki
Cotton Casino - synthesizer & voices
Daevid Allen - guitars & vocals
Josh Pollock - guitar
Orlando Allen - drums
Dharmawan Bradbridge - drums


Anyone who is familiar with either the Acid Mothers Temple or Gong will have guessed that this should have long freaked out guitar and vocal work strung together into a long mind melding brain whipping trance-ific rock wigout and need to read no more of this review. It is all of the above and may lead to long term damage if listened to on a regular basis.

I must go and put it on again, now..........


Acid Mothers Gong - 2006 - Live in Nagoya

Acid Mothers Gong
2006
Live in Nagoya



01. "HoHoHo!" (avahoot klaxon's acidological report) 16:30
02. Makototen 14:05
03. Glissade Gillisade 13:37
04. Lady Lemonade 11:40
05. Bellyful of Telephone / Why Do? 3:44
06. Hari Balmy Bom Riff 6:46
07. Virtual Lover 7:34

Makoto Kawabata - guitar & bazouki
Cotton Casino - synthesizer & voices
Daevid Allen - guitars & vocals
Josh Pollock - guitar
Orlando Allen - drums
Dharmawan Bradbridge - drums




Psychedelia. It's a term that's perhaps the most over-used of musical buzzwords. Less than half the records that the media labels as psychedelic actually have the characteristics of true psychedelia. Perhaps moreso than any other record, Acid Mothers Gong's Live in Nagoya delivers utterly chaotic and out-of-control psych.

It only makes sense right? After the naisence of psychedelia in the London underground, Daevid Allen and Gong went farther out still, becoming one of the first bands to put the expansive sound of the live shows of the likes of Barrett's Floyd or his own Soft Machine to record. Meanwhile, in modern times, Acid Mothers Temple has taken what Gong started and made it even more insane. This collision of the two guantlets does not disappoint.

Daevid Allen gliss guitars more shimmeringly than he has in over thirty years while Kawabata Makoto's intense guitarwork gives the music a harder edge than Gong ever had. To amp up the chaos, fellow guitarist Josh Pollock matches Kawabata's intensity. Speaking of Chaos, Ruins drummer Yoshida Tatsuya is on the drums. 'nuff said.

Acid Mothers Gong explodes constantly as they go through a mixture of new songs, AMT songs, and Gong classics to provide a mindblowing set that we're all very lucky was caught on record. This is no-holds-barred psych at its absolute finest.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2006 - Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2006
Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky




01. Attack from Planet Hattifatteners (3:04)
02. Buy the Moon of Jupiter (9:07)
03. Asimo's Naked Breakfast: Rice and Shrine (15:01)
04. I Wanna Be Your Bicycle Saddle (1:37)
05. Interplanetary Love (5:54)
06. The Tale of the Solar Sail-Dark Stars in the Dazzling Sky (30:30)

- Tsuyama Atsushi / bass, vocals, acoustic guitar
- Ono Ryoko/Alto sax, flute
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer
- Kawabata Makoto / electric guitars, electric sitar, sarangi
- Hiroshi Nar / guitar
- Uki Elji /drums




I mentioned it before: Acid Mothers Temple releases can be tricky. Some of their output is so incredibly dense and all-over the place that it remains an inaccessible wall of hullabaloo; Son of A Bitches Brew would fall into that category.

On the other hand: they know how to shake off the sweetest harmonies and melodies, as on La Novia or Pink Lady Lemonade. Luckily ‘Have you seen the other side of the sky’, a record from 2006, but only released on vinyl just now happens to be one of those more approachable Acid Mothers Temple albums. And I like it, a lot.

When I come to think about it, this could be the perfect Acid Mothers Temple starter record: you basically get to taste all their standard ingredrients, but they never go all obsessive on one of them. There's the traditional troubadour stuff, the wheezing space tricks, the chaotic noise, a short, crazy Japanese punk song and some long epic postrock grandeur. The only thing that's missing is the soft erotic artwork.

Another typical Temple thing is the recycling of their music: main ideas on the 30 minutes long closing track could be heard before on (at least) 'Does the cosmic shepherd dream of electric tapirs' and has recently been reworked on the 2014 record 'Astrorgasm from the inner space'. And it's not only their own catalogue that gets a treatment: on the outstanding, epic 'Asimo's naked breakfast: rice and shrine' you will recognize some Eagles tunes.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues - 2006 - Featuring The Sun Love And The Heavy Metal Thunder

Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues
2006
Featuring The Sun Love And The Heavy Metal Thunder




01. Sandoza Death Blues (19:10)
02. The Tale Of The Garden Of Sandoza (1:57)
03. Rock On Brain (3:03)
04. Acid Mothers Rock'N'Roll (13:17)
05. Freaks Your Mind & Your LSD Piss Will Follow (28:19)
06. Là-Bas (9:26)

- Tsuchy / electric guitar
- Magic Aum Gigi / electric guitars
- Mai Mai / drums

 This is the only Acid Mothers Temple incarnation to not include Kawabata Makoto.



"WARNING: Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues is a different group than the well-known Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO and Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno. This new Japanese band was created in April 2005 by Magic Aum Gigi (ex-Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO). His main works with the 'Melting Paraiso UFO' can be found on the album Absolutely Freak-Out (2001), the compilation Do Whatever You Want, Don't Do Whatever You Don't Want !! (2002), and has released his own solo album MMMM - My Metal Machine Music (2004). Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues is an underground punk blues trio composed by two guitarists (Tsuchy, Magic Aum Gigi) with one drum (Mai Mai). Their first album: Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues featuring the Sun Love and the Heavy Metal Thunder is a deep raw trip and a wild transgression of mother nature filtered by the occult powers! This love potion is made by thunder guitars, power drums, plus various electronics and acoustic sounds, and vocals. If reviewers have often compared the sound of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO close to Amon Düül 2, so, Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues sounds close to Amon Düül 1. A surprising and an impressive first recording in this beginning of new century that you should hear to believe it!"