Sungodâ€™s First Matter is loud and heavy psychedelic rock from outer space. These five tracks are mostly gargantuan affairs wherein everything swirls, reverberates or drones.
Nine-and-a-half minute opener â€œThe Key Is No Keyâ€ is as appropriate of an introduction as any with its varying tempos, chugging and effect-laden guitars, and careening drums that send you hurling into black holes and milky ways.
The next few tracks are a bit more subdued, alternating heavy and light atmospheres, while â€œBlanche of Castileâ€ resets the mood nicely with its soothing strums and picks, and echoey slide guitars.
Itâ€™s a nice and welcome respite from the chaos, especially since itâ€™s followed by the 22-minute â€œInkalimeva,â€ a track that one-ups the previous four to an nth degree with its chugging build-ups, vamps and explosions. It reaches a climax at just over 12 minutes in, followed by a hushed, sparse midsection that slowly builds back into a big, swirling crescendo.
The bigness of some of these tracks might be a bit much to get your heard around the first time through, and there isnâ€™t too much in the way of â€œhooksâ€ to hold onto, but as an exercise in interstellar rock, it works nicely.