13 September 2009

Legend of the Black Shawarma - New Infected Mushroom album

Infected Mushroom are back with a studio album titled 'Legend Of The Black Shawarma'. This is a collection of vocal-rich tracks with a new (or old) added element of heavy guitar riffs and a 'rock' sound at times.

The record kicks off in typical Infected style with Poquito Mas, a spaced out introduction with a strong middle eastern flavor and some old style 303 blips. It evolves into a break beat with the experimentation you would expect from the Mushrooms.
The second track Sa'eed brings us into familiar waters, a strong beat with the classic Infected Mushroom robot voice sounds and singing that have broaden their appeal to dance music fans worldwide.

Right after we find them at the End of the Road, another experimental straight beat with many influences from electro music, still keeping things interesting on the dancefloor.
Smashing the Opponent features Jonathan Davis and it is one the most vocal-heavy tracks from Infected to date. The melodies take you closer to trance styles from Germany and here we have a departure from psytrance elements.

The guitar Can't Stop next. Vocals again throughout the track and a heavy guitar riff that reminds of Tim Schuldt and other guitar trance outfits.
Herbert the Pervert is also a guitar affair and this will have the psytrance heads jumping on the dancefloor. Very strong stuff with outbursts of clean guitar riffs that add to the atmosphere of the track. Perhaps the most psytrance song of this album.
A surprise follows with a collaboration with Perry Farrell, of Jane's Addiction fame, named  

Killing Time. This track laid by vocals has a stronger rock feel to it. Not the usual stuff from Infected here.
Project 100 is another experimental downbeat track. The heavy guitar blends in with melodies and the break beat to make for an interesting lounge listen.
Things take a psychedelic turn with Franks, an inspired track that surprises all the way. Some clever melodies and combination of sounds.

Slowly is a slower track with a memorable beat. Good pace for the morning and a great production. Bordering with house and electro, this track is innovative and fresh.

Album title track Legend of the Black Shawarma is a strange mix-mash of heavy guitars and haunting sounds that builds up and crosses through weird sonic paths.

The last track is another major surprise from Infected Mushroom. It is a remix of the well known Doors song, Riders on the storm. This closing tune plays with samples of the original with Jim Morisson's voice dominating and some experimental psychedelia on top.

Overall this is another Infected Mushroom album that twists and turns through many sonic landscapes with heavy experimentation. Some very interesting music and fresh ideas from the Israeli duo.
If you liked their previous album, Legend of the Black Shawarma will keep you happy.

Good music but is this psychedelic enough and psytrance proper?


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Anonymous Will said...

Coming from the perspective of a die-hard psy-trance fan and lover of their previous albums (up to and including Vicious Delicious) this album was for me a complete failure and punch in the face to the original fans...although Project 100 is incredibly amazing. Their lyrics on this album have incredibly negative connotations that are devestating to their vibe...if they are forsaking their psy-trance roots do their fans a favor and release albums under a different name. Very, very dissapointed.

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4:41 AM  
Anonymous Roboticus said...

One of the best sounding album I've heard period. Sounds superb on my monitoring headphones with a perfectly flat frequency response. sounds like shit on low quality speakers for some reason. Also the maximization is too much. the volume gets fatiguing. Their compositional skills are so good. Most electronica fans wouldn't like this because there's too much... music.. you know.. evolving melodies. Does not fall into the strict guidelines any of electronica genres. An experimental album. very tasty!

12:47 AM  

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