Get Ungratefully Dead (and Really Stoned) with the Cult of Dom Keller

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Listen to this while high: The Cult of Dom Keller's EP3

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Behind the buzz: This is yet another case of a publicist lobbing the right series of adjectives over my email transom. Words like "acid-dripping" and "lysergic" promise much for this third-in-a-series EP, as does the band having played on bills with The Warlocks and Asteroid No. 4, but deployment of "tenebrous" suggests a certain strain. Worse, reviews of live performances by this Nottingham, UK outfit tend to include accounts of gross fissures in the space-time continuum I choose to regard as fanciful. As with most EPs released these fast-receding December days, these seven tracks are opening salvos for a full-length with a 2012 release date.

Today's weed: Private Reserve, an indica amateurs should use with care, lest its sheer gravity cause one's brain to drip into one's shoes.

Post Ghosties: Titles like "Call of the Black Mass" invoke massive horror-movie cachet few gothtoons after Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead" have ever approached. This one's a lot better than average -- a skull-rattling doombeat squall that snaps off entirely too soon in favor of the graveyard garage rock of "This is how you feel to live your life dead." As if that wasn't enough, "Dead Seas" submerges your ears in another vat of aural gruel, with the track's shuddering beats and monkish harmonies reeling past like sepia-toned back-projection on the road to Castle Dracula. Just when you're starting to think the bone orchard metaphors are getting a trifle thick, along comes "Heavy and Dead" to prove you damn near right. In all fairness, this is the track most likely to appeal to shoegaze fans fancying a Swervedriver swerve through the last reel of a Boris Karloff movie. "Untitled" extends the cinematic mood for another 1:18, which makes the abrupt neurotic tension of "Ghost Bones" all the more effective. "Black Pullet Blues" starts off as a tasty instrumental waltz-out and ends that way too.

Psychotropic verdict: This is an effectively creepy two-reeler in advance of the main feature that will be their debut full-length, release date TBA.

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