Seven That Spells
Acid Taking And Sweet Love Making


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
July 23rd, 2012 | 11 replies | 1,656 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hell From Jazz

Seven That Spells are, at the very least, an interesting instrumental psychedelic band hailing from Croatia. With an ever changing line-up and only one consistent member and that being guitarist Niko Potońćnjak, Seven That Spells fuses aggressive psychedelic rock with traces of jazz, noise, acid and progressive to create a dynamic and often hard to digest wall of sound for those not accustomed to the genre. In other words, the guitar takes off with extended effect-laden solos, rarely resuming to groovy leads for more than 20 seconds and the rhythm section gets locked in an usual intricate hook that somewhat anchors Niko's tendencies to "fly off" the orbit. At a first listen, Acid Taking And Sweet Love Making might sound as if the band doesn't know or control what they're doing, but there's a calculated chaos here that becomes clearer after getting past the soaring guitars. A general musical description of everything here might be Mars Volta gone insane and meeting Vibravoid.

Musically, the guitars easily dominate the tracks and the bass and drums are only there to create a foundation for solos and leads. However, even if this gives Niko the freedom to try whatever he pleases, it can become monotonous, almost always offering the same structure. Diving head first into the record, opener "Let's Go To San Francisco" starts with a twangy, almost surf-like lead reflecting the title, only to restart after 25 seconds with a space bound guitar solo and a warping bass line. The song gets even more insane, switching at one point to a more frantic pace and a higher pitched guitar solo following in and finally returning to the initial riff ending the track. Since there is no regular structure on any of the songs here, they can best be described through the changes in rhythms and even then it's better to just listen to the record to make a better opinion on them.

The next song, "Hell From Jazz" really can't be described in words, it just has to be listened. It's a 17-minute wah and feedback guitar solo over a background consisting of manic drumming and a bass line, which carefully follows the drums, that keeps droning for the duration of the whole song. This really is hell in musical form, but the length and the crazy, linear structure of the song makes it a weird and uneasy experience in a fun way. The listener (like myself) might return to this track just to hear it again for its sprawled insanity. "Emmigrant Song" sounds like Led Zeppelin on speed, with the band even incorporating a demented version of the original song's shouts. There isn't much diversity around this song either, only shifting halfway to a looser riff that keeps on going until the track ends, but like the previous track, "Hell From Jazz", if listened to in the right mood it can give an overwhelming experience. At such long lengths, these two tracks are a tough test to get by, even though they do not sound bad.

The last two songs "Easy Drugs & Hard Women" and "Noi Noi" continue this rather schizophrenic trip with surprisingly different moods. The former even gives a few minutes of relief to the listener through a nice, almost eerie breakdown only to return to the endless fretting, while the latter might be the most accessible song here, of course in Seven That Spells' own terms. The whole band keeps an acid rock style, one note riff and a straight drum pattern similar to the works of Vibravoid and from the background it slowly rises this warped, fuzz drenched, razor-like guitar riff akin to Spacemen 3's "Revolution" that covers all instruments and just holds there until the last minute of the track when it slowly fades, leaving the main note ending Acid Taking And Sweet Love Making. These tracks fit perfectly with the band's live performances that are really dynamic and also, Niko's tongue-in-cheek humor together with his classic "sex, drugs & rock'n'roll" attitude makes this even funnier and more enjoyable.

This is a great album for those who love noisy, psychedelic records spiced up with acid rock and a huge doze of dementia all over it (not that many people). Acid Taking And Sweet Love Making is a really challenging experience, but if listened to in the right mood, a fun, rewarding one.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



3318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of course there are many bands that are crazier than Seven That Spells, but for me, this record is really crazy. I like that though.

Let's Go To San Francisco - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LavymhTxQ0M
Noi Noi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXcWQC99A9Y
Emmigrant Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlvH_7uMHCc

Digging: Karma To Burn - Arch Stanton

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



4372 Comments


I'm checking this band out right now. POS'd!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



3318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Paperback. They're really weird, but I have seen them live first and they're just amazing and more rewarding. I have listened to this and I like it most so far from their latest four albums. They're quite prolific. Also, I'm curious to hear what you think about them.

@SilentPotato - This one's really cool, I like it better than The Death And Resurrection... and Men From Dystopia. I don't know which ones have you heard so far though.

ZedO
July 23rd 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

based on the links you posted, damn this is crazy! what album should i start with? i'm going to dig 'em. pos'd btw

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



3318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks ZedO. Well, I must say I haven't listened to their whole discography yet but The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock is a bit tamer than this. Still, so far I like Acid Taking most (they're all insane apparently, but this is catchier). Also, I haven't found the other tracks on Youtube to post a link, but you have to listen to this as a whole to get soaked in their world. Hell From Jazz is by far the craziest song here.

There's also one new album coming out on August 14, called Superautobahn and they've put one track for preview on Bandcamp - http://seventhatspells.bandcamp.com/

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



4372 Comments


Wow, these guys are awesome.

ZedO
July 23rd 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh I see, well their upcoming stuff obviously worth anticipating..



insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



3318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Paperback - I'm happy to see you dig them. I didn't think you'd get into them, I don't know why. They've played Duna Jam this year if you want to watch their set on the beach (it looks amazing).
@ZedO - Yeah, I'm looking forward to hearing their new album too. You should check out their set at Duna Jam too. It's just great.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



4372 Comments


I listened to all 3 songs, the last two were pretty good but "Let's Go To San Francisco" really got to me, such great musicianship. And yeah, I'll check the video.

SpiritCrusher2
July 23rd 2012



2868 Comments


wow I didn't know 7TS had their page on Sputnik, awesome! they are from my little, messed up country so I am kinda proud of it haha. you guys should definitely check out Future Retro Spasm, it's my favourite.

oh and the band is insanely good live, you should check out some of their live performances on youtube

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2012



3318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Then you need to listen to this potato.
@Paperback - Then listen to Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock's Rock Ist Krieg and Aum.



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