Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

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Striiide (2013), 6.5/10
Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura (2013), 7/10
The Empire Never Ended (2014), 6.5/10
Interpenetrating Dimensional Express (2014) , 7.5/10

Manchester's sextet Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, consisting of three guitarists (Nick Mitchell, Ros Murray, Tim Horrocks), two bassists and one drummer (Andrew Cheetham), specialized in free improvised acid rock: two lengthy jams on Striiide (Deep Distance, 2013), namely Sunshine Assembly and 1999 RE70, two more on Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura (Golden Lab, 2013), namely The Happy Life The Tripartite Classification Of Authority Gives Us and Christmas In Honduras, that surges from a "squeaking and squealing" beginning to a propulsive and cacophonic symphony, and two more on The Empire Never Ended (Golden Lab, 2014), a transcendent (and incendiary) raga-style crescendo on the first side and a rapidly exploding Captain Beefheart-esque blues jam on the second side, followed by the live Dieter Dierks Jerks (Golden Lab, 2014).

Continuing in that tradition, the double-LP Interpenetrating Dimensional Express (Golden Lab, 2014) contained four side-long jams: the thick, propulsive, exhilarating Right-hand Rule, Sycamore St Shuffle, the swirling gypsy dance to the square of 101010,000,000, and the 21-minute blues-inflected chromatic intergalactic trip Photospheric Composition. These are pieces that clearly owe to the holy pioneers of the 1960s, such as the Grateful Dead, the Traffic, the Allman Brothers, and to those many bands that kept the tradition alive over the decades, such as Taj Mahal Travellers, Skullflower, Acid Mothers Temple, etc. Of course, the limit of these instrumental hurricanes is that they all tend to sound the same.

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