Black Science channeling An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever from Seattle, apparently take that, and the inverse, to their black heart. Magic and science, by their very existence, take the past very seriously. So do Black Science. Injecting their psych/space rock with an alchemy that conjures up the 70s through the 90s (call me the one who misunderstands, but some of the vocals remind me the criminally under appreciated 90s birthed Local H), Black Science also keep at least one of the three eyes on the future…at least one of them winking. For all the references to the occult and magic, Black Science are very well aware of the other legitimate use of those calling cards: the creamy layer of whacked frosting that puts on things. Listen, if you don’t buy into it, it’s not going to be…here you go, one of the most misunderstood and maligned words on the planet… fun. Black Science are fun; if they weren’t clued into that, and its usefulness, I doubt they’d list brewmastery, tomfoolery and badassery alongside sorcery and gadgets in a member breakdown. They’re also serious about what they’re doing and how they wield their badassery. An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever doesn’t forget the simple, and potent, release of the rock. Captain John G points out in a lengthy interview at Revolt of the Apes that Monster Magnet was a big influence on where they were coming from. Now, if you don’t think Monster Magnet understand badassery, the pure power of flat-out diversion and the effectiveness of painting flames on things, then you’ll be living at home for a long time. If that kind of mix leads you to the conclusion that this is all silly, then you forgot why your parents were a drag. John G and Co. didn’t forget: “In a way I think what I was trying to do was take everything that I think sounds cool when I’m high and cram it into one band. Stoner metal, shoegaze, noise rock, and weird electronic stuff.” So it makes perfect sense, and sound science, that underneath the knob twiddling, stereo washes, non-stop guitar wall of sounds and effects, and fairly lengthy running times, An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever is surprisingly accessible and has a keen pop sensibility, made especially clear on Easy Prey and their take on GBV’s Hardcore UFOs. Other cuts layer some more progressive leanings with the stoner bent, like the 15 minute closer Our Sentence Is Up. It all makes for an effective mix of hooks and heft. Magic and science aren’t mutually exclusive, and in the hands of Black Science, neither are tomfoolery and badassery.
The State of the Art :: Black Science :: An Echo Through the Eyes of Forever (2012, Dark Matter Industries)
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