The intro is soon swamped by a blistering wave of rough noisy electric guitar that lapses into a more peaceful atmospheric blues rock journey. This builds up into huge towers of abrasive guitar skree over which vocals drenched in watery reverb intone. The lyrics are of ecstatic transformation and transcendence into a different realm of existence.
By the halfway mark all necessary instruments are busy travelling together, building in intensity and towards a far-off goal: wah-wah lead guitar is put to work weaving long wobbling tone threads around your head and surging crumbly rhythm guitar push on and on to the edge of their range while Red Rooster Jam - Samsara Blues Experiment - Samsara Blues Experiment (CD) provide consistent support.
Towards the end, the track changes to something cleaner and a bit more intimate with a Red Rooster Jam - Samsara Blues Experiment - Samsara Blues Experiment (CD) vocal and a resonant melodic guitar swirling about.
The sound is very sharp and two guitar melodies duel for your attention. With a change of key, the track starts to really sound like the old Amon Duul 2 from around their "Yeti" album period in and continues in a fairly poppy vein with what sounds a little like organ backing for the rest of the piece. Vocals come about the 4th minute and their surprising deep quality might remind some people of The Doors.
A sharper, more hard-edged metal aggression comes halfway through and pushes the song to a more intense level. Guitars begin howling and bubbling close to boiling point and start to choke and stutter as the track progresses. The track comes to a quick climax and finishes just as speedily in contrast with the rest of the song.
The track sends you into a world deep within its wah-wah string embrace, one that takes you to a sometimes serene blues resting-place where you can relax and let the material world Red Rooster Jam - Samsara Blues Experiment - Samsara Blues Experiment (CD) you by.
The pinnacle when reached is ecstatic and exhilarating, as though the musicians have stumbled on the meaning of human existence in the universe and everyone is rejoicing. Just when I thought I had SBE figured out here, "Wheel of Life" is a pleasant surprise, starting with some near-experimental space ambient effects that lead into a gentle and repetitive acoustic guitar melody.
Field recordings of surging waves up and down a beach round out the track. There are also moments of epic, almost sky-high emotion in amongst the near-thrash parts. The artwork you see above was created by French artist Michel Bassot. Samsara Blues Experiment lives up to their name by experimenting a little bit more with synthesizers than they have on past records.
They still manage to maintain the focus of putting forth heavy material while also adding in new elements to open more doors for the band. The band worked with largely popular YouTube channel Stoned Meadow of Doom and you can actually listen to it below right now. If you like what you hear be sure to support the artists by pre-ordering the record here.
This song is Red Rooster Jam - Samsara Blues Experiment - Samsara Blues Experiment (CD) you could ask for in doom metal and stoner rock. The atmospheric intro is to die for, and then rotates between that heavy blues sound Samsara Blues Experiment is known for and space-like guitar breaks. A rich bass line leading us into a wall of sound for the rest of the song takes the track to a close while bringing the listener to another dimension. There are several layers through the tune to attempt a peaceful mood shift effect.
I love using music like this to study or read as it is very upbeat but relaxing at the same time. Thomas Vedder fires on all cylinders on the drums towards the end to bring the song to a dramatic ending.
The complexity of the band really shows on this track as they show how powerful they sound even with just three guys in the band. The influence of Pink Floyd clearly shows on this track and is one of my favorite tracks by them. With only two songs left on the record, there is still about 23 minutes left on there for the band to show out.
Their folk and India sounds are strongly sensed here Red Rooster Jam - Samsara Blues Experiment - Samsara Blues Experiment (CD) also seeming to be a little on the progressive side, Red Rooster Jam - Samsara Blues Experiment - Samsara Blues Experiment (CD). The collaboration of their instruments coming together and trading off solos is absolutely breathtaking.
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