Seven That Spells
Superautobahn


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
August 16th, 2012 | 12 replies | 1,447 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack on the road to hell.

Superautobahn is Croatian noise/psychedelic rock group Seven That Spells' latest offering, coming out in less than a year after 2011's The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock: AUM. This time, there is a different mindset, the record reportedly consisting of long, repetitive jams to accompany the listener on the road (hence the title Superautobahn). However, the album can as well be the soundtrack on the road to hell while driving on acid. The music is again chaotic and the abundance of guitars (and saxophone solos this time) is stunning.

Superautobahn is made of three long jams that, together, have almost an hour, meaning there's enough feedback and frantic solos to drive the listener insane. While there are some cool hooks on each track, they are usually drowned at one point in the wall of noise. Besides different musicians that have played with founding member Niko Potońćnjak back in 2007 when the album was recorded, Acid Mothers Temple's guitar player Kawabata Makoto makes a guest appearance on Superautobahn, adding a lot to the overall insanity.

The opening track, "The Wall", features the standard Seven That Spells formula, meaning complex drumming patterns and extended screeching guitars jams. There is a short interlude in the middle of the song that lets the listener's ears have some rest, before restarting to a crushing finale of wah solos and feedback. On the other hand, "The Pyramid" dares to be more spiritual, opening up with spacey synths and slowly adding a clean, repetitive rhythm and religious chants, before the dissonant and feedback laden guitars enter, launching the song deep into space. During the track's 20 minutes, there aren't many changes, the band only adding more layers to the song. The last song, "The Colossus", is the pinnacle of Superautobahn, being a massive, noisy guitar showdown: there are distorted riffs and solos coming from everywhere, drowning the bass and pushing sonic boundaries by carrying it on and on, much like previous odysseys such as "Hell From Jazz" did. This is a really suitable ending to such a manic record and the complementary instruments present here, such as the saxophone and piano, add to the demented feeling of Superautobahn.

The downside is that Superautobahn doesn't have such a replay value mostly because it's repetitive and hard on the ears, but the album sounds as equally interesting as previous Seven That Spells albums. There are more distinguishable rhythms this time, but they are only a vehicle for the guitar solos that easily take over them. So, for those who are into noise rock and psychedelic/acid music this is a great addition.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album can be listened to in its entirety and purchased from the band's Bandcamp - http://seventhatspells.bandcamp.com/ - Support these guys!

Digging: Amplifier - Echo Street

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



4337 Comments


I checked this out and its sounding like a pretty solid album so far, really intense stuff. Review was excellent too. POS'd.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Paperback. I listened first the Wall and Pyramid, took a break and then Colossus. I wish these guys released a more conventional album, I wonder how would that sound like.

ZedO
August 16th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will check it out, it seems a decent album, I like their previous album "Acid Taking.." that you reviewed man, good review pos...

and that cover, so owhh.. lol

SpiritCrusher2
August 16th 2012



2608 Comments


I've only heard Future Retro Spasm by 7TS and it rules hard

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ZedO - Thanks. I like this album, it's not better than Acid Taking, but not worse either. It depends on how you see it, I find them equally strong. I like their album covers, they're really cool.
@SpiritCrusher2 - You should check their latest albums then, Acid Taking And Sweet Love Making, The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock and then this one. They're really cool.

ZedO
August 16th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

checking "The Wall" now, I like that noise haha..

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good luck with the three tracks haha. The Colossus is by far the noisiest.

ZedO
August 16th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've already finished heard it, damn great, I prefer this over the "Acid Taking..."

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to hear you like it. I still can't say if this is better than Acid Taking. I have to listen to them more.

ZedO
August 16th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea man, this is really good stuff, i've liked it even in the first spin, i was in a good mood perhaps when listening to this, lol

Goldendeathmusic
October 15th 2012



1 Comments


Hey, glad you guys like this album! It was truly an honor to work with such talented musicians. If you're interested to see some of my own stuff you can find some videos here at www.goldendeath.com
All the best to you!



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