Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives -

FOR FANS OF: Elec­tric Wizard, Slab­drag­ger, Co­nan Ku­dos to Kurokuma. Be­fore they’ve even struck a note here, the Sheffield psych-sludge trio have al­ready put both their left-field orig­i­nal­ity and stoner rock cre­den­tials be­yond doubt. A con­cept-record based on Paul Kirch­ner’s ‘70s Dope Rider comic strip from in­fa­mous mar­i­juana bi­ble High Times, it takes the term ‘high art’ to a whole new level. Di­vided sim­ply into Part One and Part Two, the mu­sic can be straight­for­wardly summed up as a five-minute psy­che­delic buildup, fol­lowed by eight more of riff-tas­tic pay­off. Build­ing on the foun­da­tions laid by 2016 de­but Ad­vor­sus, and struc­tured around drum­mer Joe E. Allen’s ir­re­sistibly tribal rhythms, here Kurokuma build a cathe­dral of tan­gled, tor­tured sound that nods to ev­ery­one from un­der­ground favourites Slab­drag­ger to doom over­lords Elec­tric Wizard and Co­nan. Ca­sual lis­ten­ers, ob­vi­ously, need not ap­ply. But red-eyed purists should def­i­nitely take a big hit. SAM LAW

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