Neptunian Maximalism   Solar Drone Ceremony
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2021
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3.5 greatErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | April 27th 21

One year after the gargantuan Eons, Belgian collective Neptunian Maximalism comes back with a live performance fusing two of their previous - and droniest - tracks. First of all, for a live, it's super tight. The composition feels truly composed, as if no improv part was included. It's megalithic, slowly evolving textures of drone, free jazz (although the jazz has been reduced), psych rock, and avant-garde metal. The only - but important - problem is that the track feels cut in half, with a long crescendo procession being followed by twenty directionless minutes that do not provide the expected payoff that was promised during the first part. Still an experience in and of itself. 3.6

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4.5 superbIm a talk show host, okay? Im all fucked up. | April 26th 21

This was incredible. Havent listened to much drone music or this band at all. I was drawn in by the cover, and by god does
it deliver on that vibe. 52 minutes long and it feels like 20 at most.


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3.5 greatajcollins15 | April 29th 21

When their debut 2020 album ?Éons? came out it very quickly grew a cult following because of the use of avant-garde jazz and metal to create a complex and massive album. While also staying true to the classic ideas of drone metal and free jazz. However, the overall ideas and general construct of the monster run time made it a burden to sit through. On this new mini-album, the band has a feeling of more realization of what they want the brand to be and what the band could be in the future. On this 52 minute piece, the band feels more tightly nit, and the overall construction and builds are much more solid than anything on ?Éons?. My biggest problem with the album is that the recording could be better, especially when the drones really overtake the saxophone for the last 20 minutes. Also, I think they need to bring back that more jazz flair, it seems like a bit of an afterthought on this record. Still, overall, a really solid release and in my opinion, a much more enjoyable listen compared to ?Éons?.

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