Relased on our own Volatile Rock Records in a limited un- numbered Quantity of 333 in 3 different colored cassettes. Features a alternate mix and mastering than that of the official LP released on Seventh Rule Records.
per CVLT Nation
MEGATON LEVIATHAN is not a band. It's a temple. A church of sorts, a cathedral of mesmerizing sonic beauty, and Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell is the latest statement in this legacy, this lineage of immense cosmic power. Throughout the years, the band has been the catalyst for the emotions and visions of Andrew James Costa Reuscher, a real lone wolf and drifter in America's finest doom. A timid and shy Portland, Oregon, native who has never given up the grasp on his beliefs that Megaton is an unrenounceable source of catharsis and expiation for his soul. Megaton's music, while it cleanses Andrew's soul, it also cleanses the souls of all who encounter his majestic craft. Megaton's music is the sound of liberation. Of sublimation thorough a pathway of sonic pillars that lead up into a vast and desolate night sky in which all existence disintegrates into stardust and cosmic wind. There is such sadness, beauty, solitude and vastness in this music, that you surrender to it in a breakdown of puzzling desperation, but love every moment of it as you get lost in your own hallucinating mind....
While Megaton's music sounds inconsolable and reckless in its materialization of desolate sadness as it traces an endless trail of tears, it is also permeated by such a greatness and austere imposition that it is almost impossible to not bow down in front of this sonic mammoth from another dimension, and pay due respect to its vastness and colossal emotivity. Aside from the overload of complete psychedelic downfall that literally rules over the record, there are a ton of other mesmerizing elements in this album that create a surreal and voyage-like splicing of elements: Middle-Eastern, Persian, Indian and other tribal and exotic influences permeate the work - apparent mostly in the eight minute long psychedelic dirge that is The Foolish Man - making it a mammoth kaleidoscope or thundering and hallucinating sound.
Paces are slow, dirgy and almost ceremonial, evoking the tides of slumber of the best psychedelic doom in the vein of Ufomammut, Electric Wizard, Boris and the such, but the industrial and electronic architecture built by Reuscher on top of this primordial doom foundation literally materializes an enormous spaceship of sound that levitates from a barren earth, floating up into a hallucinating and vivid night sky full of colors and shapes, as if it's being swallowed by a shimmering aurora. To all degrees, Megaton Leviathan are one of the most original sounding, moving, emotional and epic psychedelic doom metal bands to have ever tread our earth. Their songs are built upon a taste in melodies and a choice of sounds that assures a pure and unparalleled emotional time travel, something that few bands can even dream of accomplishing. Again, Megaton are not simply just a band, they are a temple of sound, in which a very unique sonic ceremonial is held cyclically. Our heads bow to the greatness and purity of this space mammoth from another dimension.
per Aquarius Records
Finally! New music from these aQ faves, Megaton Leviathan Northwestern masters of psychedelic doom, or doomgaze, or, well not sure what we should call it now. When we made their Water Wealth Hell On Earth album an aQuarius Record Of The Week, their sound was definitely doom, like doom with MANY oooooo's, but even then it was blurry and washed out and super psychedelic, and at times, barely even metal. Which is where this new one lands for sure. It's definitely heavy, but it's more spacey, and droney and dreamy, two epic songs per side, the first more of a slowcore shoegaze blissout, slow, but not a doomy crawl, just sort of mesmerizingly hypnotically midtempo, the guitars warm and billowy, the vocals whispery and washed out, almost like another layer of drone, the whole thing a dreamy dirge that really could go on forever. Gorgeously tranced out psych-doom bliss of the highest order. There are strings too, courtesy of Amber Asylum's Kris Force, which just adds to the epicness and spaciousness, fans of Godspeed and all who sail with her, if you've yet to discover Megaton Leviathan, now is the time, and this is the record, er, tape. Soaring, slow building musical majesty. Henry Barnes from Amps For Christ contributes sitar and 'oscillations', again, adding to the trancey raga-like mesmer of the songs.
The B side is a bit more doomy, but only a bit, the heavy downtuned churn is blurred into extended chordal streaks, and hazy black ambience, the sound on the B side hews closer to the minimal dub-doom of OM, fans of that band will flip for these guys too, the same sort of lumbering, minimal, metallic crush, but here, wreathed in swirls of effects, constantly shifting atmospheres and textures, laced with minor key melancholic melodies, pulsing, undulating until the momentum begins to ebb, leaving just a field of abstract chug, clouds of cymbal shimmer, only then to blossom into something even heavier, a murky death march plod, the bass and guitar impossibly distorted, the drums a rib cage rattling crush, locked into Gore-like minimal-metal mesmer, before exploding again, into some serious psych-doom drift, replete with FX heavy guitars and angelic female vocals.
The tape finishes off with maybe the oddest of the bunch, a sort of slowcore psych folk ballad, all clean guitars and crooned vocals, still plenty murky and druggy, and HEAVY, even sans metallic heft. Only on tape for now, but rumors of more formats in the future. For now, this is extremely limited, nice full color printed J-cards and green cases, sadly, no download.
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