Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bogdo Ula "The Return of the Sons of Ra"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion, Avant Prog
Release dateOctober 30, 2013
  1. Yours 'til the End of Dance 6:27
  2. Sons of Ra 5:32
  3. Killing Horizon  7:11
  4. Full Hypersurface 5:22
  5. Aludra 4:49
  6. Io Gas & Coal Company Wish You Bon Voyage 5:18
  7. Arcs Come Down 4:33
  8. Flank Speed 7:03
  9. I Left Tomorrow (1,5 Parsecs in No Time At All!) 8:26
Samuli Kristian - guitar
Ivan Horder - drums
Jean Ruin - bass

It’s tempting to categorize this as jazz, if only because of its improvisational nature. But, really, The Return of the Sons of Ra has more to do with the endlessly inventive free-form weirdness of Frank Zappa on albums like Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar. Tracks like “Aludra,” with its girder-shaking bass lines from Ruin, octopus-armed rhythmic explosions from Horder and bloody-fingered riffing from Kristian are simply too rock-focused – too completely heavy – to have a reference point in the world of jazz, even during the 1970s heyday of fusion. 
Read the full review by Nick DeRiso at somethingelsereviews.com

Flank Speed
Full Hypersurface

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