Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – “IAO Chant From the Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out”

IAO Chant From The Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out is an album by Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. released by Riot Season in 2012. The album contains one piece, divided into two approximately 20-minute-long parts, based on the Gong song Master Builder. This marks the second time Acid Mothers Temple have covered Master Builder, again retitled as OM Riff, having previously covered it on IAO Chant From The Cosmic Inferno. – Wikipedia

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic rock band, the core of which formed in 1995. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career featured many musicians, but by 2004 the line-up had coalesced with only a few core members and frequent guest vocalists.

REPOSECD032-WALLETThe band has released albums frequently on a number of international record labels as well as the Acid Mothers Temple family record label, which was established in 1998 to document the activities of the whole collective. Kawabata initially formed Acid Mothers Temple (originally “Acid Mother’s Temple”) with the intention of creating “extreme trip music” by editing and dubbing previous recordings, being influenced by progressive rock, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and krautrock. Kawabata, along with Koizumi Hajime, Suhara Keizo, and Cotton Casino formed the original Acid Mother’s Temple lineup as a group; however, the first recordings released were Kawabata’s own mixes and overdubs. The soul collective released two self-titled tapes on their eponymous label in 1997 before dropping the apostrophe from their name. The group began to tour overseas in 1998, of which I had the good fortune to see them at the Brudenell in Leeds a few years ago.

This album is a head f*ck – sorry for the bad language, mum – but it really is. I do not think I could listen to it after a very strong coffee and definitely not whilst under the influence of LSD. However, as music that creates its own trip it does just that. Like a bunch of stoner Zen masters, Acid Mothers Temple induce Party-Samsara and wipe the mind of all inhibitions and guilt whilst showing the true path.

Marred by what could have been better production, this is an amazing album. I sit here listening to it, in my Melting Paraiso UFO tee and I am having flash backs to the time I saw them live – tip top album.

 

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