Motherslug – The Electric Dunes of Titan Review

Motherslug - The Electric Dunes of Titan

If Fu Manchu had recorded around the time of Sabbath’s Master of Reality, I reckon it would sound like this mother slab from Melbourne’s Motherslug. Australia has mountains, valleys and deserts, and this is echoed (((echoed))) through the music here. The topic is suitably psychedelic as they take us on the Cassini probe’s visits to Saturn and its moon of Titan. So expect lengthy inner space explorations that help the listener journey to outer pace, fading, phasing and fuzz used in full effect. The baked vocals of Cam remind me of 70s Cactus, another element that made the proto desert rock sound.

The tunes aren’t hurried, they are allowed to build, such as “Serpents,” that is easy like a Sunday morning as its eastern vibe slowly parts to allow simple guitar and percussion before a spoken word vocal introduces the story at play, before it all comes together in a heavy, but slow-paced head banging tune!

Release date: October 31, 2017
Label: Self released

“Staring at the Sun” is a lesson in astrophysics as I learn facts about the energy of the sun, and its place in our solar system. Currently the sun is a yellow dwarf, but one day the sun will consume the earth. This is heavy shit indeed. And as the sun explodes from is red giant phase, so do Motherslug explode from the class room on to the full rock swagger stage, guitar licks being flung ab out and vocals screamed forth.

This is like the soundtrack or sonic reimagining of the interstellar movie Gravity. I hear the musical engines of the spaceships, I feel the anxieties of the catastrophe, I am absorbed by the hallucinogenic periods, and the crushing end.

I shall certainly revisit the Electric Dunes of Titan, and suggest you do too!

About the Author

Dave Barnard
Coffee gluggin', warm huggin', music chuggin', life jugglin' and most importantly, Inhale the Heavy buggin'.

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