Acid Mothers Temple announce new album and UK tour

The renowned Japanese cosmic freak-out heavyweights return with a brand new album ‘The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gates Of Dark’ and also a full tour this November marking ten years since their mother-ship first descended on the UK.

Now a steady four piece led by Kawabata Makoto (guitar) and including Tsuyama Atsushi (bass/vocals), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer/guitar) and Shimura Koji (drums). The band recorded the album in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake disaster at their mountaintop retreat where they collectively still reside.

With the exception of the album’s opener Chinese Flying Saucer and it’s unashamedly obvious musical references to Led Zeppelin II (hello 1969!) the rest of the album locks into a much more laid-back groove than on recent AMT releases. This dynamic shift is best displayed on the 22 minute jam, Shine On You Crazy Dynamite and also the album’s closer Electric Death Mantra. The band opt for less frantic explosions of electric guitar overload and fuzz, replacing those elements with a more epic, blissed-out and at times brooding Japanese psychedelia, with more emphasis on acoustic guitars, sitar, organ, synthesiser and at times, really trippy vocals (most prevalent on Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn), recalling the twisted psychedelics of early Pink Floyd. Yet still, their sound remains so expansive that it is easy to become totally immersed in this album.

Tickets are on sale now – Catch them live;

4 Nov – Cambridge The Portland
5 Nov – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
6 Nov – Nottingham Bodega
7 Nov – Manchester Ruby Lounge
8 Nov – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
9 Nov – Glasgow Nice N Sleazy
10 Nov – Belfast Auntie Annies
11 Nov – Dublin Crawdaddy
12 Nov – Cork Venue Tba
13 Nov – Cork Venue Tba
14 Nov – Bridgend Hobos
15 Nov – Bristol Thekla
16 Nov – Oxford Jericho
17 Nov – London Corsica Studios
18 Nov – Brighton Hectors House

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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