Drones a-modaling, vocals that spin and centrifuge, tempos that move forward with a ponderosa stomp of inevitability, heavy on amp overload and the turbo whine of feedback — these are the things that draw me deep within the psychic implosion that is the Warlocks of Los Angeles. On this, their sixth album, the ever-changing aggregation led by Bobby Hecksher embark upon a textural unfolding that moves each track from light to dark in a howl of all-encompassing maelstrom. The touchstones are Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Flying Saucer Attack, along with others who put the psych in -delia; but the bracing wall of Warlocks 'noise creates its own inner sanctum — or is that sanitarium? The whirling dervision of "Zombie Like Lover," the perversely majestic "So Paranoid," the up-the-down-staircase of "Interlude in Reverse," the Fugs fugue "Death, I Hear You Walking" — all of these are keys to the Warlocks.
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