Friday, May 09, 2014

Mantras And Mandalas...

Domadora - Tibetan Monk (2013)

From the cover art by Rubens to the lush arrangements of the instruments, Domadora's Tibetan Monk is an impressive and extremely ambitious work. For most of the album, they seem to be flying by the seat of their pants, just barely holding together the chaotic cacophony; but somehow, they pull it off, and with flying colors. The psychedelic reeling of the guitar is nicely balanced against the harder elements (namely, the sheer speed with which they rampage through most of the songs, and the mad drumming that pushes it even further and faster), and they really know how to put together a song that's long without wearing out its welcome.
They also know how to slow it down and luxuriate in some smoky stoner blues with a technical touch, as in the excellent “Chased And Caught”. With some quick tracks to open and end the album, Tibetan Monk is an album that leaves a great impression, though you might find yourself a little overwhelmed by the psychedelia when you try to think back to specific moments. The French trio recently signed with Bilocation Records, so if vinyl is your format of choice, keep an eye out for that version of Tibetan Monk to arrive later this year; if you prefer digital, you can swing by Domadora's BandCamp page to snag it as a CD or a download. Either way, give this crew a try, and prepare to have your mind shredded.
~ Gabriel

For Fans Of; Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, Don Caballero, Salem's Pot, Wicked Lady


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