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Luder: Adelphophagia

Count me intrigued by any album named after the phenomenon of one embryo cannibalizing another, such as Luder's latest Adelphophagia. Based on the grisly nature of their album title, I was prepared for the delightful sounds of violence and mayhem that were to ensue and even began typing a thank you letter to our glorious Editor for assigning me this review. But wait, Luder is a Prog/Psych band? Warm fuzzy music like this should not be associated with adelphophagia, right? It's ok, maybe they have a propensity for obscure scientific phenomena, after all, their debut was titled Sonoluminescence, which as we all know are light bursts from a liquid stimulated by sound waves.

Now that we've gotten all that out of the way, let's get down to brass tacks. There are passages on this album that are very psychedelic, case in point the song coursing through my headphones right now, "Heartfelt." Hearing the looping, jam inspired guitar takes me back to the sixties, a time that brings to mind, incense burning, black light posters, bead walls, shrooms, and long, wavy hair. When Luder get their groove on, as they do in "Heartfelt," they can be hypnotic. However, when they venture into shoegaziness, as in "One Eye," rather than hypnotic they become bland and forgettable. Despite this misstep, Adelphophagia is full of fuzzy goodness, with Sue Lott's angelic voice floating above intoxicating, spacey jams. The heavier moments, "I Never Liked You" and "Dirge" could pass for true Stoner Metal, crackling with heavy riffs and chugging bass. The one cover, David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans" is an interesting diversion into a place where fuzz and new wave can co-exist peacefully.

While I was disappointed the music did not match the graphic visual of adelphophagia the scientific phenomenon, I'd happily recommend Adelphophagia the album to all my tie-dye wearing friends and relatives.

Adelphophagia is now available from Small Stone records.

Track Listing
1. Never Liked You
2. Astrolabe
3. One Eye
4. Heartfelt
5. Ask The Sky
6. You Try It
7. Dirge
8. I'm Afraid Of Americans
9. Remember What I Said

Added: October 22nd 2013
Reviewer: Eric Marvin
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Language: english

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