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DHIDALAH ‘Sensoria’

May 5, 2022 | Psych, Reviews

Supercharged psych-rock wigouts

This album is a shapeshifting sprite, moulded by the detritus of your brain before presenting itself in many forms. This can be the only answer to how these pysch-rock belters sound different with each listen.

The Tokyo based power trio blaze through four supercharged tracks culminating in the twenty minute Black Shrine. With a rhythm section accelerating into a full tilt Motorhead vibe when required, Ikuma Kawabe is given the platform to shred rivers of wonderfully hirsute guitar solos. By his side, Gotoh, the bassist and bandleader, brings abstract vocals and further FX.

Although the stubbornness of the explosive riffing is the lifeblood of this release, the wah-wah wigouts subside for Dead, a brief proto-Hawkwind pastoral chugger.

Composing via jam sessions, and incorporating local folklore, this album cements Dhidalah’s reputation as an essential feature of the celebrated Japanese psych-rock lineage.

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