Monstrously heavy, groovy, trippy, creative. Dubby, dynamic and dastardly. Combat Astronomy continue to display flair, creativity and stubborn iconoclasticism on their latest 2013 album "Kundalini Apocalypse". Intended to be released in time for the end of world, it arrived late. We are all of course still here and you are invited to go on an internal adventure of collapse and rebirth with another premium disc of unique poly-metric bass guitar metal, avant jazz and abstract drones.
2011's Flak Planet was a high water mark of monolithic incessant doom jazz, rather than try to scale that mountain again Combat Astronomy opt for a funkier but somehow more extreme sound, with shorter songs and a penetrating psychedelic atmosphere. The robo-zheul relaxes a little allowing the fluidity of a live performance to come through, while Archers occasional screaming into his horns increases the aggro-punk aggression of some of the sections even further. Huggetts rhythm section is as crushing as ever, with plenty of the subtle and curious additive cycling time signatures that make Combat Astronomy riffs so intoxicating - direct yet strangely complex.
Elaine di Falco and Archers Juxtavoices choir make brief appearances, adding to the rather demented proceedings. By now, no further proof should ever be needed that Combat Astronomy are inhabiting an entirely separate parallel universe. With a loud but detailed production, and an ear catching sense of melody and groove in many places, Kundalini Apocalypse maybe one of their most accessible albums since Dematerialised Passenger or Dreams No Longer Hesitate.