Seven that Spells are one of those bands that just sort of exist in their own gloriously acid drenched universe. Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia (which I had to look up because I can’t say I actually know anything about the country of Croatia), they’ve been putting out a continuous stream of long form psych rock freakouts for a little over 15 years as far as I can tell. As far as I can also tell, it’s all sufficiently glorious shit. I just caught onto them a few years back and I haven’t even had close to the chance to fully connect with their now 12 album discography, but I have managed to listen to at least 4 of them pretty consistently at this point.
All excellent, but their latest which dropped a few weeks back is my fave so far. How would I describe this stuff? Let’s see, trancey kraut rock, mixed with what I’m guessing is traditional Croatian folk styles, mixed with like a chops heavy 90’s psych metal-ish vibe.
With album titles like Black Om Rising, Cosmoerotic Dialogue with Lucifer, and Acid Taking and Sweet Love Making, you sort of know what you’re getting yourself into here, but you don’t really. It’s the amazingly adept monastic drone chanting that truly sets it into: “I don’t have anything else in my collection that sounds remotely like this” territory, at least on their latest disc, which is the final in their Death and Resurrection of Krautrock trilogy. Omega caps the series with a bang. Shit is heavy and not in the metal sense, in the spiritual sense. Took me a few listens to really latch onto entirely but totally worth the effort. Blaze up and enjoy the ride kids.
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