Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - The Ripper At The Heavens Gates Of Dark
A listen to an Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (to give them their full title) album is akin to blasting through space at something approaching light speed, jumping off a rollercoaster and having a massage - all at the same time. The Ripper At The Heavens Gates Of Dark (sic) is no exception, thankfully; concentrating more on the last aspect of that trinity, this is as about as blissed out as AMT have been on record, the five tracks easing their way along instead of galloping away at breakneck speed.
As is customary, the band pay tribute to an old favourite in one form or another; here Led Zeppelin get the Acid Mothers Temple treatment on the opening 'Chinese Flying Saucer', a twelve minute jam around the backwaters of Led Zeppelin II through decidedly toasted brains. 'Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn' sees the madness take on Americana and Spaghetti Westerns, with appropriately mind-bending results; whilst the final hurrah of 'Electric Death Mantra' sees AMT at their warped, hypnotic best. The Ripper... is unlikely to change anyone's mind about this madcap Japanese collective, but equally no fans will be left disappointed.