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Buddha Sentenza: South Western Lower Valley Rock

Buddha Sentenza are a stoner/prog/krautrock act from Germany, and their debut brew of instrumental mayhem for World In Sound is titled South Western Lower Valley Rock. Though their press sheet lists influences such as Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and the '70s Krautrock scene, there's more of an air of jam band element going on here at times. There's certainly nothing on the CD as heavy as Black Sabbath, though if you like Pink Floyd styled spacey prog along the lines of Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother, chances are the meandering Hammond organ, guitar, and what sounds like violin in spots might just float your boat. "Time Wave Zero" is eerily haunting in an early '70s Tangerine Dream sort of way, and on the few instances during the CD where the chugging guitars come into play, the muddy, overly distorted production takes all the enjoyment out of any listening pleasure that might have been had.

I don't know, part of me really wanted to like this, but after repeated spins there's nothing here that's really clicking. The poor production doesn't help matters, as much of the album is just mired in a hazy, fuzzy fog that the few instances of molten guitar or Hammond just can't save. Cool cover art through.

Track Listing
1) Time Wave Zero
2) Arrested Development
3) Spanish Revenge (Hieronimo is Mad Again)
4) Debris Moon
5) The Monkey Stealing Peaches
6) Tzameti
7) Psychonaut

Added: June 6th 2013
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: World in Sound
Hits: 1213
Language: english

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