Published on January 6th, 2016 | by The Beige Baron0
Although they contributed three tracks to a split record with Ukraine’s BOMG early last year on fledging label VORON Nest, Khola Cosmica’s self-titled long-player from 2011 remains the band’s most emphatic statement so far.
Over five long tracks, the Tokyo three-piece plunges you into wave upon wave of mind-warping fuzz, the thickness of which hasn’t been heard since Electric Wizard’s Come My Fanatics. And it’s best to acknowledge this influence early and move on: respect for the Wizard is clearly what this record is built on, from cavernous bass tone to buried vocals and scattershot behind-the-beat rolls.
But Khola Cosmica has tried—on the whole, successfully—to take mid-period Wizard a step further without losing the basic appeal of genre-defining albums like Dopethrone.
Khola Cosmica covers plenty of tripped-out terrain, from mid-tempo head-nodders to punishing walls of slowly pulsating fuzz you can practically swim around in. They take their time building and destroying sonic sculptures, changing gears almost seamlessly to drift across pools of rippling phase-flipped delay.
So is it worth investing fifteen bucks and a few hours letting Khola Cosmica win you over? While this isn’t a perfect record—there are some moments where the amp worship starts to lose focus—the answer is still an enthusiastic “yes”.
Aside from unusually high recording quality, the songs on this album have direction and depth while still giving you the space to get lost in.
Which, for fans of psychedelic doom, is kind of the point.
Physical and downloadable copies of Khola Cosmica and Split with BOMG are out now via VORON Nest’s bandcamp page.