Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO Ė The Ripper At The Heavenís Gates of Dark (CD Riot Season)

Acid Mothers are such a powerful energetic entity live thatís it always been a monumental task to be able to translate that into a studio record. With The Ripper At the HeavenísÖ they seemed to have avoided that task by making essentially a psychedelic album and with track titles like ďShine on you Crazy Dynamite,Ē you can see where the influence is coming from.

But to back track a bit the opener on this album Chinese Flying Saucer starts us off at a different pace with its, not a million miles away from, Whole Lotta Love riff and suitable Plant like vocal wails to accompany it. We even get , after a blistering guitar solo from Makoto, a faux Whole Lotta Love middle section. Itís a great way to open the album though from here on in the album takes a far more relaxed attitude to things and quietens down considerably.

The second track Chakra 24 is a strange beast. Itís fairly folky with what sounds like a metal strung acoustic guitar being gently strummed whilst Hiroshi provides some suitably subtle bleeps and whooshes with his synth. Over the top of this are laid some more folk song sounding vocals. Itís a pleasant enough piece at the total opposite end of the spectrum to the albumís opener but it acts as a good bridge to the more psychedelic second half of the album.

The remaining three tracks are all long ones clocking in at 15, 21 and 19 minutes. Weíre treated to long drawn out pieces of prime Japanese psychedelia with less frantic electric guitar than recent albums and perhaps more of an acoustic feel. Thereís even some sitar in there. Itís all played at a suitably slow pace and as mentioned earlier a definite nod in the direction of Pink Floyd and their early seventies albums.

The album acts as nice counterpoint to live Acid Mothers which works for me in a better way than trying to recreate their current live sound on a studio release.  If you started from track two this would be the best way to come down from the high of an AMT gig. DB