CY­PRESS HILL

FOR FANS OF: Wu-tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Prophets Of Rage

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ It’s been eight years since Cy­press Hill last brought us a hit from their bong. In that time, front­men Sen Dog and B-real have em­braced the heavy sides with hard­core mob Pow­er­flo and su­per­group Prophets Of Rage re­spec­tively. They haven’t brought that heavy power with them here, but Ele­phants On Acid does tram­ple its own ir­reg­u­lar and very dis­tinc­tive path through the un­der­growth. The Hill have al­ways op­er­ated un­der a cloud of sus­pi­cious smelling smoke, but here they’ve em­braced an even odder brand of mind-bend­ing psychedelia, and it’s not al­ways a good trip. There’s an omi­nous sense of lurk­ing vi­o­lence to Pass The Knife and Stair­way To Heaven, while Blood On My Hands Again has a def­i­nite night­mar­ish qual­ity. But then again, there are noodling sitar in­ter­ludes, the ele­phant noises and what sounds like a parp­ing tuba. It’s a voy­age down the rab­bit hole, and in there noth­ing is what it seems. PAUL TRAVERS

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