Desmadrados Saldados de Ventura — Interprenetrating Dimensional Express

Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura - Interpenetrating Dimensional Express (try saying that 5 times fast).

Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura – Interpenetrating Dimensional Express (try saying that 5 times fast).

Unwieldy name. Fantastic release. What we have here is simply essential rock music from Desmadrados Saldados de Ventura, a nebulous Manchester, UK group led by Nick Mitchell, consisting of no less than three guitars, two bassists and a drummer at any given time. While this might seem like too many voices at once, it all gels together into a focused, tight chaos, a wailing miasma driven forward by the impeccable rhythm section. Indeed, the doubled-up bass section seems necessary to provide the hefty spine for the three axe-wielders. The drums don’t so much keep things grounded but rather drive everything ever forward with consistent kinetic energy and an impressive sense of style. The guitars themselves veer into and out of noisy freak-outs and likewise into and out of technical shredding, and boy do they shred. The improvisation feels at once high-brow and low-brow, with the fullest measure of soul getting squeezed out of the guitars. It’s four sides of 20-minute long jams which have just enough structure to avoid feeling aimless, while playing fast and loose enough to be securely defined as jams. There are no verses, no choruses, no lyrics even, though vocals make it onto a couple of the tracks. These jams are just the good bits of heavy rock music, the gravy, the cream, the nougat, face-melting guitars wailing in your ears always and forever in reverential abandon, vacuum-tube bliss. My only complaint is that Interpenetrating Dimensional Express is exhausting, over 80-minutes of unrelenting shredding is not for the weak of heart. But too much of a good thing is hardly a complaint in this case. This is rock music as it should be: loud, muscular, soulful, esoteric, stupid, fun, sexy. You can pick up Interpenetrating Dimensional Express from Golden Lab Records or on Bandcamp.

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